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heat pumps in tandem with heat pump hot water tanks
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Increased efficiency with heat pumps working in tandem

...Passive House standard of 15 kWh per square meter. Windows are a part of that but they are also part of our energy performance strategy. The house is laid out south facing to maximize passive solar heat gain, so we have designed and chosen windows to take best advantage of that. Window glazings on the North, East a...

Flexible 'solar glitter' from Mpower Technologies
Solar photovoltaic

Flexible PV 'solar glitter' panels coming soon

...Passive House certification & design in North America here - from The EcoHome Green Building Guides ...

Living green wall
Healthy indoor air quality

Living walls: what they do and don't do

...passive living wall'. A professionally constructed wall of either type would have its own controlled irrigation system so there is little maintenance to do; passive or active refers only to whether or not you force interior air through it with the intent of increasing the rate of purification. The mechanical system o...

LEED Platinum prefabricated home Kit
LEED Homes

LEED® Platinum prefab kit home has superior air quality and performance

...Passive House Kit Homes for Sale Northeast USA, Quebec & Ontario - Get More Info Here E: In your opinion, what are the most interesting features of your LEED home, ecological or otherwise? RS: The huge windows facing south with a superb view of the lake and the Laurentians. The house is only 1,500 square feet, but ...

Net Zero Energy homes Edmonton Alberta
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Net Zero Energy house in Edmonton, Alberta

...Passive solar: South facing windows will allow the sun's warmth to passively heat the structural concrete floor in the showhome. Insulation: Expanded polystyrene (EPS) will be used under basement concrete slabs. Cellulose will be blown into the double stud wood framed walls and attics. It is densely packed in...

LEED for homes rating system.
LEED Homes

What is LEED?

...Passive House Certification and all other Green home rating systems for Canada and the U.S.A. in the Ecohome green building guide pages .

Passively-heated off-grid LEED Gold home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog part 6 - energy modeling projections and real performance

...passive solar heat gain coming through all of the windows, to the tune of 4,306 kWh/year. Putting these figures together shows that over 31% of the total heating needed for this home is accomplished by sun streaming in the windows. I've taken just enough of a look at the passive solar heating literature to know that ...

Wood frame Triple-glazed, argon-filled windows in the Ecohome Demo House
Windows and doors

Choosing windows - which window frame? wood v aluminum v vinyl

...passive solar heat collection. Passive solar heat that is absorbed during the day can outweigh the heat lost at night. So don't be afraid to put lots of windows facing south, as long as they are good quality and well-shaded in summer to avoid overheating. Proper home design, orientation and window placement can easil...

Efficient green home design choices
Concept and design

Efficient home design, or how to design a home to use less energy

...passive heat gain . Energy efficiency, insulation and orientation: An efficient and resilient home is one that uses minimal energy to heat, light and run appliances. The biggest draw is *almost always heating , so reducing heat requirements is the best way to reduce operational costs. *We say almost always, but a...

Canada one of the top 10 countries building LEED homes
LEED Homes

The top 10 countries outside the U.S. certifying buildings with the LEED rating system

...Passive House Standard and EcoDistricts in Canada. About LEED in Canada LEED is a third-party certification program and an internationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. It provides building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immed...

Where to place solar panels
Renewable energy

Where to place solar panels

...passive solar , which is about home orientation and window design to passively heat your home, or active solar which involves mechanical solar panel systems. Solar panels can be either thermal (which transfer heat directly to your home), or photovoltaic (which convert sunlight into electrical energy). The angle at wh...