Radiant floor heating / Guides

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Foundations and Basements

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...radiant-heated floor provides greater thermal comfort for occupants, and, compared to forced-air heating, it does not blow dust around your home. So it offers an advantage for cleaner indoor-air quality than a crawl space foundation. A polished concrete floor with a non-toxic finish is the most durable and healthy fl...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...floors also easily accommodate radiant floor heating, which offers a very balanced and comfortable environment, transforming the concrete mass into one big radiator. One of the great advantages of radiant floor heat is that the further you get from anything radiating heat (imagine a woodstove), the cooler it gets. So...

Radiant floor tube installation
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

DIY radiant floor tubing installation video

...radiant floor in the Edelweiss House. We have a 10 zone system, allowing floor temperatures in each room to be controlled independently. HePex tubing was provided by Uponor, who also use building plans to give customers a zone plan to follow making the install quick and easy, also ensuring the right length of run for e...

Photovoltaic solar panels
Renewable energy

Solar heating and energy generation

...radiant floor heat. A system can work to heat your home, as well as pre-heating your domestic hot water. It can easily provide 60% or more of your heating and hot water in the winter and almost all your hot water needs in the summer. With a well-built passive solar home, it’s possible to provide all your heatin...

Prefab Passive House & LEED Kit Homes for Sale in Ontario & North Eastern US
Concept and design

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of buying a new home?

...heating options so we can measure their efficiency and write about them, but chances are your kit home will only need one of these heat sources: An air-heated radiant floor system from Legalett with an estimated 60-70% of the total heat load being provided by solar air heating panels , which also act to pre-heat do...

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

Ecohome Kenogami House wins Home of the Year Award

...heating system turned off for a 10 day stretch in February, yet maintained indoor temperatures in the mid 20s (°C) and dropped only to 20.4 °C after consecutive overcast days. To balance temperatures through the home, unheated water is pumped through the concrete slab floor to help transfer the warmth of the sun from...

Affordable Modern Prefab Eco Homes Available - The S1600
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

The S1600 - affordable modern prefab eco homes for families

...heating, water heating, lighting and all interior electrical loads. At Quebec hydro rates of only 7.13 cents /kWh, the entire heating and electrical load would amount to approximately $665.00 CAD per year or just under $42 US per month (check your local utility rates to get a more accurate cost estimate for your locati...

Prefab LEED Passive House Kit Homes the Future of House Building?
Passive House

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of home building?

...heating options so we can measure their efficiency and write about them, but chances are your kit home will only need one of these heat sources: An air-heated radiant floor system from Legalett with an estimated 60-70% of the total heat load being provided by solar air heating panels , which also act to pre-heat do...

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home is affordably Close
Planning and Design

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home gets affordably Close

...floor. Unlike most radiant floors where heated liquid is passed through tubing in the concrete, this is an air-heated radiant floor which has 4-inch tubes that circulate hot air to warm the concrete. Solar air-heated radiant floor insulating forms details Important note – this is not a feature that is offered...

Thermal batteries for passive solar design
Efficient home design

Thermal batteries: how to passively store heat

...floor acts as a thermal battery as well; once you pump it full of heat it takes a long time to cool down (depending on the thickness), and it regulates interior temperatures during that time. One practical use for getting the most from a radiant concrete floor as a thermal battery would be in areas with fluctuating e...

Slab on grade or a foundation and basement?
Foundation choices

Slab-on-grade vs foundation and crawlspace or basement

...floor is a fantastic way to start a passive solar home , as your entire floor surface consists of several inches of thermal mass to absorb heat. A slab is a great place to bury electrical work, plumbing, central vacuum tubes, phone and internet lines, speaker wires, and most importantly, tubing for radiant floor heat ....