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Hydronic heating system
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

Hydronic heating

Similar to electric baseboards, hydronic heating systems facilitate zone heating as you can keep different rooms at different temperatures. Though differe...

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Radiant floor heat in a bathroom
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

Radiant heat in a slab-on-grade floor - video

...floors How to install radiant floor tubing How heat pumps work

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Air-heated radiant concrete floor
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

Air-heated radiant floors

...Radiant heating systems are very common in concrete floors now because they provide a very balanced and comfortable distribution of heat. Those systems are most...

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Naturally finished red oak floors
Flooring and stairs

Flooring material options

...floors lend themselves well to in-floor radiant heat. Solid hardwood floors: Wood flooring can come either raw or pre-finished. Traditional raw wood f...

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Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

Solar air-heated radiant floor

...radiant floors over hydronic radiant floors , but none greater than the ability to inject solar-heated air into the thermal battery which is the concrete slab f...

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Polished concrete floors and counters
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

Finishing concrete floors with silicate densifiers

Polished concrete floors are extremely durable and non-toxic; silicate-based densifiers keep them that way and make it a great start to safe indoor-air quality...

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Step by step guide for slab-on-grade home construction
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade construction: the ecoHOME step by step building guide

...radiant floors or air heated radiant floors . The financial investment put towards the comfort of radiant floors can arguably be redirected towards insulation i...

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Basement wall insulation
Insulation and soundproofing

How much insulation does a basement need?

...floors you can see that much more heat is contained by the insulation. Also worth noting is the light red colour of the Earthship floor, indicating a cooler tem...

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Slab on grade or a foundation and basement?
Foundation choices

Choosing between a slab-on-grade or a foundation and basement

...floors Many building codes have only recently insisted on the inclusion of insulation below concrete basement floors , and as always, it is important to re...

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Concrete floors and timber frame as thermal mass
Efficient home design

The pros and cons of thermal mass in buildings

...radiant heat from thermal mass such as heated concrete floors, this can make heating with electricity a more realistic option in regions with high peak rates. A...

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How radiant floors work
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

How to design for thermal comfort in a home

...Radiant heating: There is seemingly endless debate in green-building circles as to the benefits of radiant heat, specifically floors. Walls and ceilings ca...

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