Radiant floor heating / Guides

Renovate, Remodel or Rebuild? How to choose which is Best for Homes
Wall assemblies - renovation

Should I be renovating my home or tearing it down & rebuilding?

...flooring and floor joists and filling the void with clean fill and insulation and pouring a concrete floor on top makes more sense. Voila, you now have a slab-on-grade foundation . You can then have either have a beautifully sealed and polished concrete floor or install eco-friendly hardwood flooring on top of the conc...

Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

A Toronto Off-grid home 20 years later; how did it fare?

...radiant-floor heating, the house is much cozier than we expected," Mr. Paloheimo says. (The house also has an electric, forced-air furnace.) Ms. Paloheimo says: “I didn't like the house at first because it was complicated, but I have grown to love it, especially the coziness and warmth on cold days. I also like it st...

The passive solar home in Lac Kenogami, Quebec
Passive solar home design

Ecohome design wins House of the Year Award from Green Builder® Magazine

...floor and brick walls where the sun hits. The more complicated aspect of his heating strategy involves an air-to-water heat pump powered by photovoltaic solar panels that extracts heat from the interior air and transfers it to his water heater, from where it is distributed through his radiant floors. Along with provi...

How to insulate basements properly
Insulation and soundproofing

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction

...radiant in-floor heat. Thermal image of basement insulation and heat loss © Ecohome Exterior basement insulation is less common, probably due to the fact that it can be more expensive. And there are certainly less cases where insulation is installed on both sides. By insulating the exterior of...

Affordable green prefab homes - contemporary rancher style - Abri 1850 BV
Architecture and plan design

Prefab Homes for Sale - Beautiful & Sustainable - Available Now

...heating in summer from this vast expanse of glass, and to protect the walls from rainfall, the passive house standard triple-glazed windows are complimented by carefully calculated roof overhangs at the eaves. Affordable Prefab Green Eco Home Abri model Floorplan with Solarium and south-facing deck © Studio MMA ...

How to Fasten Cement Board Facing to slab on grade insulation
Slab on Grade

Finishing the exterior of an insulated slab-on-grade floor

...Radiant Heating , or discover many more articles about Design, Insulation, Forming, Heating & Pouring of Slab on Grade by Clicking HERE or join the debate about which insulation is the greenest here , all from the EcoHome Green Building Guides

Slab-on-grade for Ecohome's upcoming video building guide
Slab on Grade

how to build a slab-on-grade on standard soil

...Radiant floor hydronic tubing Uponor also provided us with tubing for a radiant floor , complete with a floor plan layout for 10 individual zones, so the temperature in each part of the house can be controlled independently. Radiant floor tubing © Ecohome Limiting the length of tube installed per zone is very...

Resilient home construction - Kenogami House of the Year
Efficient home design

"The Most Resilient House in North America"

...heating degree days per year (Fahrenheit degree-days, base 65°F); there isn’t all that much sunlight in the winter, and Quebec—let alone northern Quebec—isn’t the first place that comes to mind with cutting-edge building design. But in Saguenay, located 130 miles north of Quebec City, Alain Hamel has created what jus...

Rendering of the Ecohome demonstration house
Efficient home design

Ecohome Demo House: High performance, affordable cost

...Floors will be finished before putting up divisions, enabling future changes to the layout without the costs and hassle of requiring flooring alterations. The floor plan was designed and the house positioned on the lot to allow for a suitable location for an addition if desired, off the west living room wall. Stora...

Basement wall insulation
Insulation and soundproofing

Properly insulating basements and concrete slab floors

...floor, you can see that in the first image of an uninsulated floor, the colour gradient from warm to cold shows that heat lost to the ground below is evident to a depth of many feet, while in the images with insulated floors you can see that much more heat is contained by the insulation. Also worth noting is the light ...

Passively-heated off-grid LEED house in Low, Quebec
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog: a firsthand account of building and living in a remote area

...floor great room with great windows & light © Bala Structures The interesting thing about passive solar design is that much of the heating load is carried by the heat coming in the windows, with energy modeling suggesting that about 30% of the house's total heat load is being passively provided by the sun. ...