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Tiny House living in cold climates - one of the best tiny homes on wheels
Tiny house

Tiny Houses - Living in Cold Climates

...power two hot water tanks for radiant heating and domestic hot water Walls, as well as floors, will be heated with radiant tubing Read more here about Portable Wind Generators and Micro Power Generation . Ben installing the radiant floor and radiant wall heating system of his Tiny House The grid of plyw...

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

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

...powered heat pumps save money Heat pumps powered with electricity can heat a house on average about three times more efficiently than other heat sources. And pairing an air source heat pump with a heat pump water heater can further save energy and money. Air source heat pumps are the most cost-effective type of hea...

Solar thermal collectors

All about solar thermal collectors

...generation of thermal collectors on the market are very efficient now, their PV ‘competition’ in the solar industry is outpacing thermal solar advances and affecting the return on investment. This is not to suggest that the quality and efficiency of solar thermal panels is somehow failing, it’s just that there is a sch...

Green building certifications

Powerhouse: the new standard for positive energy design

...Powerhouse Drøbak Montessori Secondary School in Norway © Powerhouse Another way that Powerhouse stands out is how the energy balance must be calculated; it assumes a 60 year operational phase and specifies that the project's energy production must come from renewable sources located on or near the building. Is P...

Moving to the Countryside - How to make it Work
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Moving to the countryside? Here's how that can work...

...Generation Z young adults, Millennials, and residents of cities. The overall desire is to move outside urban cores to less densely populated areas. This is a direct reflection of the changing dynamics in urban cores, as we see closed theatres and music venues, limited seating in restaurants, and a preponderance of pe...

Net Zero Energy Home ZNE in Edmonton Alberta
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Award winning Net Zero Energy house in Edmonton Alberta Leads the Way

...power generation . These systems and design features work together to achieve an EnerGuide rating of 100. The home also boasts a Walk Score of 56 and a transit score of 58. Strategic decisions: The original home on this property was beginning to demonstrate foundation failure, continuous sewer...

Mobile tiny house
Tiny house

Is Tiny House living in a cold climate good or bad for the planet?

...generation ago to under 3 people per home today. Compare that to Tiny House builders that are producing fully-functioning homes that are as little as 100 square feet, probably even less. Whether something is good or bad, smart or stupid, brilliant or insane, is entirely based on context. And while we have featured ...

Rendering of River District Sustainable housing development In Vancouv
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Vancouver developer leads the way to more sustainable communities

...powerful storms? River District is being designed to be a great neighbourhood even during the most challenging times. While the city requires developers to look at the water levels expected during a once in 200 year storm, ParkLane went much further and had a study completed looking at what the projected sea levels w...

What is a heat pump
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Heat pumps: what they are and how they work

...generation, so that the heat pump can operate at a more optimal efficiency since less capacity would be required. Also, with the right amount of insulation and a properly designed home for passive solar heat gains, it is even possible to safely heat your home during the coldest days of winter with only a heat pump. T...

Comparing ground source and air source heat pumps
Heating and cooling

Heat Pumps: Ground source geothermal GSHP or air source ASHP, which one is best for heating a home?

...power outage, perhaps consider a high efficiency electricity free wood pellet stove designed for off-grid use, see here . In this test case the system was coupled with a backup mini-boiler to supply hot water to the heating coil of the Air Handling Unit (AHU) when the ASHP was unable to. The system would heat less ef...

How to insulate basements properly
Insulation and soundproofing

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction

...generation. Additional costs for insulation are often negated by monthly savings, and a well designed and insulated basement will have a much longer service life without repair. One of the most commonly overlooked benefits of extreme insulation in homes is heat security, as extreme weather events in cold months routi...