Phase change / Guides

Efficient home design

Phase change building materials - natural heat storage in buildings

...phase change occurs, when it evaporates. Each phase change absorbs energy from the surroundings, meaning, it makes the air cooler in the process. The principle behind phase change building materials is to take advantage of that process. So, if you have something in your home that changes phase at room temperature, yo...

Thermal batteries for passive solar design
Efficient home design

Thermal batteries: how to passively store heat

...phase change thermal batteries? Taking advantage of a 'phase change' raises the bar a bit - stick with me, it will be fun, I promise :) A significant input of energy is required to cause a material to change from a solid to liquid. That energy is later released when that material solidifies again. While those trans...

Solar Electricity Generation & Storage with no Batteries, Azelio
Renewable energy

Azelio Solar solutions combine electricity generation & storage without Batteries

...Phase change building materials A ‘phase change’ refers to the action of a material changing from liquid to solid to gas, or in the reverse order. Even greater heat storage capacity can come from employing Phase Change Materials (PCMs) . A significant amount of energy is absorbed or released when a material changes...

The EC3 Tool - Skanska - Calculating & Comparing Carbon Footprint of Buildings
Planning and Design

Calculating the Carbon Footprint of Buildings, Introducing The EC3 Calculator From Skanska

...change and use of resources. Climate Change Action gains momentum in the U.S. In the U.S. by Dec 2019 four hundred and twenty-seven cities have signed the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda. Additionally, The United States Climate Alliance, a bipartisan coalition of states and unincorporated self-governing ter...

Hawaii Preparatory Academy Energy Laboratory
Living Building Challenge

What is the Living Building Challenge?

...phases: Design Phase, including the consideration of appropriate durability in product specification Construction Phase, including product optimization and collection of wasted materials Operation Phase, including a collection plan for consumables and durables End of Life Phase, including a plan for adaptable...

Why Electric Heating Systems are Best for Sustainable Homes
Heating with electricity

Heating with Electricity - The Best Choice for High Efficiency & Zero Energy Homes?

...change, there is still the issue of what is the most affordable heating system for a house, and the most sustainable for the future. Is buying a new gas furnace a good idea? A gas furnace may last anywhere from 15 to 30 years, but the average life expectancy is 20 years. Also, choosing to add gas to a home means ad...

tidal power generators
Renewable energy

Tidal generators offer a predictable supply of renewable energy

...change into carbon dioxide, a less harmful gas. So rather than at the surface of reservoirs, 95% of the problem is at the dam itself where methane-rich deep water goes through the high-pressure environment of turbines and spillways. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, methane has a warming imp...

How to choose the best home EV charger or EVSE?
Lifestyle, location and commuting

EV home charging stations & How to decide which is the best EVSE for you

...phase). This is the standard 240-volt plug like for a dryer or a kitchen stove. They offer a quicker charge time and several wiring options (1 phase or 3 phase). They often also have the option of being connected to either a 20 amp or a 40 amp breaker. How long are EV charging cords? All vehicles can connect to 240...

The birthplace of Passive House solar home design The Saskatchewan Conservation
Passive solar home design

Saskatchewan: The birthplace of Passive House and passive solar home design

...Change , imagine if we'd had 40 years head-start in reducing our home energy consumption and consequent carbon production! How building code is harming homes The National Building Code goes to great lengths to ensure the structures we build are solid , and engineered to withstand snow loads and other natural forces...

Efficient green home design choices
Concept and design

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

...change throughout our lives, and a flexible house is one that has been designed to accomodate that change with as little cost and disruption as possible.You can reduce both the financial and environmental costs of a big renovation by anticipating and designing for that moment right now. Think about potential layout c...

Can I legally put a Tiny House on my Property?
Tiny house

How can I put a Tiny House on my property legally in the USA ?

...changed where needed, and to give people access to this affordable type of home. To avoid being labeled as trailers or park homes, Tiny Houses on wheels still need to use standards available nationally related to the RV industry, and additional state laws typically require that they look like similar to standard home...