Radiant heating / Guides

Solar Air Heating Panels for Homes - How to Build DIY
Solar thermal collectors

All about solar air heaters - DIY or purchased

...heating panel that can release air in summer to prevent overheating when the panel isn't actively in use - as "cooking" a panel . You could also apply the principles of passive heating and cooling by placing the panel under the eave where it will have full exposure with the low winter sun but be shaded when the sun i...

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

Slab-on-grade construction: the ecoHOME A to Z Slab building guide

...RADIANT HEAT TUBING INSTALLATION IN SLAB ON GRADE: It is at this point that you would install tubing for hydronic (water) radiant floors or air heated radiant floors . The financial investment put towards the comfort of radiant floors can arguably be redirected towards insulation instead. Radiant floor heat is a comf...

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

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

...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 providing air conditioning in summer, this system prevents the home from overheating...

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...

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...

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

Prefab Homes for Sale - Beautiful & Sustainable - Available Now

...heating courtesy of the winter sun. This main room is 650 sqft and provides a genuinely open feeling by the way it's arranged, even in the most compact version at only 550 sqft overall. "By removing the barriers between rooms and creating long sight lines, it's possible to live in more compact areas yet have a real...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Crawl spaces

Should I Build on a Slab on Grade Foundation or a Crawl Space?

...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...

Exterior damp proofing and drainage mat to protect basements from wate
Insulation and soundproofing

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction

...heating and coolling loads inccured by having higher relative humidity levels. Basement dehumidifiers can help keep keep humidity levels manageable. Please see our page on retrofitting existing basements . CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE Exterior insulation only: fiber cement board and parging ab...

Slab on grade or a foundation and basement?
Foundation choices

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

...radiant floor heat . A slab-on-grade means no basement, no basement walls, just one slab of concrete on which you build your house. They aren’t suitable for all building sites, which we will get into later, but for now let’s assume you can build on one. There is a lot of prep work to do first, you need well-packed ...

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?

...radiant floor heating can be done at this time also. If the floor joists are in reasonable condition and you want to keep using the crawlspace for storage and mechanical systems, see our page on how to insulate crawlspaces . Repairing foundations & insulating from the exterior when renovating an old home © Ecohom...

Built to ENDURE: the Net Zero Heat Kenogami House
Efficient home design

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

...heating and cooling are most often the largest components of the total energy consumption of a building, how energy efficient a building is largely depends on the building envelope. It controls heat loss, air leakage and the movement of moisture. What is often omitted from the equation that determines the overall eff...