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Solar Radiant Heated Floor Slab Kit
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

Solar heated radiant floor with radiant heated hot water for a site with problem soil - expansive clay

...photovoltaic panels) to harness the energy of the sun to heat garages and workshops, but solar radiant air-heating has yet to be a viable and reliable option for well-balanced home heating. Until now …. When looking for a heat-storage solution that would allow us to incorporate solar-air heating panels into our desig...

Ecohome's Kenogami House 'The Most Resilient Home in North America'
Concept and design

Resilient design features for new home construction

...photovoltaics: pumps and fans for hydronic solar panels (liquid) or air solar thermal panels or even air solar heated floor slabs can be powered by a small photovoltaic panel . Heated concrete floors are a great way to store and distribute heat over extended periods of time making the most of thermal mass acting like a...

Lifestyle and environment

Emergency preparedness guide for homes

...photovoltaic solar arrays also have batteries to store power in emergencies, even if they are tied to the grid. There is nothing stopping you from getting a home battery without first hooking up a solar array, nothing except the price maybe. They are not cheap. Basement flood prevention: Sump pump battery backup: M...

Passive Solar Home design at it's best - Kenogami House - EcoHome
Passive solar home design

Ecohome Kenogami House wins Home of the Year Award

...photovoltaic solar panels with battery backup Radiant floor heat powered by a high efficiency gas boiler 84% efficient Zehnder Novus 300 ERV (Energy Recovery Ventilator) While similar in concept, an ERV (Energy Recovery Ventilator) was chosen over an HRV (Heat Recovery Ventilator) , as they are particularly wel...

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

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

...photovoltaic panels or roofs and battery storage. Switching from gas to electric cars Personal vehicle use is the single greatest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions , and we only need to look as far as the automobile industry to see what is in store for other areas of society, such as home heating fuel sources...

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 ?

...photovoltaic solar panel system. Practically speaking, occupants tend to find that given the low consumption of electricity required to power a Tiny Home, the cost of setting up a solar array is usually far too high and that it would take too long to recoup the investment. Tiny houses with solar panels are more commo...

Leed platinum plaque
Green building certifications

All about green home certification programs & rating systems for USA & Canada

...photovoltaic solar system is all it takes to achieve the elusive $0 utility bill. R-2000 homes: This rating system was created in the early 80’s by the Canadian Home Builders' Association and Natural Resources Canada (NRCan). R-2000 is a government run program that encourages energy efficient building techniques, w...

Off-grid, passively-heated LEED Gold home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

OFF GRID LIVING BLOG, PART 3: All about off-grid power generation in off-grid homes

...Photovoltaic panels: 12 Solarworld 235 watt panels (2820W in total) Additional panels (fall of 2015) : 12 Jinko 250 watt panels (3000W total) Batteries : 8 Deka deep cycle solar batteries, lead acid AGM 12V 265 Ah (a nominal 25 kWh storage) Backup generator: Generac Ecogen, 6 kW Electronics: Schneider MPPT ...

Transparent solar power producing windows
Renewable energy

transparent solar panels

When considering solar cells as thin as laminate and completely transparent, the possibilities seem endless. Imagine every glass or laminant surface in our built environment and all of our devices, large and small, harvesting solar energy. In a world of passive, self-sustaining mini-power stations, would the need for ...

Tesla Solar Roof Cost Comparison, Competitors & Reviews
Solar photovoltaic

Are Tesla solar roofs worth the money? Are there any competitors? Our take on the future of BIPV

...Photovoltaics (BIPV)? Standard photovoltaic solar panels are typically large panels that protrude from roofs by several inches. Contrary to that, the low-profile rooftop solar roof option, which is also known as BIPV (building-integrated photovoltaics), are solar shingles or tiles that are installed directly onto roo...

Tesla Solar Roof Tiles installation just got easier
Solar photovoltaic

Tesla solar roof gains ground with target of 1000 solar roofs / week

The Telsa solar roof tiles are in the news again. They now have solar panel shingle installations going in 8 states so far - with what's becoming competitive pricing. If news of these PV roof shingles is also news to you, check out our Tesla solar roof review from when it was first announced in 2016. What was missin...