Radiant heating / Guides

Basement wall insulation
Insulation and soundproofing

Properly insulating basements and concrete slab floors

...heating season, there will be much more heat loss through above-grade walls than those below. Therefore, with one wall and two rates of heat transfer, this leaves the dilemma of insulating more than you need below, or less than you need above. There is the option of beefing up insulation at the level above grade; how...

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...

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

...heating in the summer. Looking on the internet also meant discovering lots of books and equipment for off-grid living , that is interesting to browse through. While there were a lot of interesting ideas here, clearly I was going to need further inspiration elsewhere. And I did go on to find further work on passive ...

Rendering of the Ecohome demonstration house
Efficient home design

Ecohome Demo House: High performance, affordable cost

...heating systems and the utility bills that come with them. When a design team focuses on heat retention rather than heat generation, the net result can be a home that is cheaper to own and operate; not far into the future but right from day one. Added building costs are offset monthly by lower heating costs, and expe...