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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?

...solar air heated floor that this house will rest on The Wakefield House Solar Air Heated Floor © Ecohome Chosen High Efficiency Heating Brands : Legalett Solar Air-Heated Slab-on-Grade Form Kits Powrmatic heat pump DF-Jade House, (Pacific Energy Fireplaces & Stove), Wood Stove and (The Grill Bowl), Grill ...

Thermal batteries for passive solar design
Efficient home design

Thermal batteries: how to passively store heat

...heated by solar thermal panels. Even this type of system is not new, the first house in the United States with an active solar heating system was built In 1939 on the MIT campus (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), and sat on top of a huge water reservoir that was heated by thermal solar panels. MIT Solar Hou...

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

The S1600 - affordable modern prefab eco homes for families

...Solar air heated slab on grade radiant floor So, this is innovative… the floor is heated by circulating warm air through tubes in the concrete . The majority of the required heat load is supplied by solar air heaters, meaning a wall mounted vertical black panel (that doesn't get covered in snow in winter, so it still...

Passive home designer Harold Orr, one of the original high performance homes
Passive solar home design

The principal designer of the house that inspired the global Passivhaus movement reflects on the project that started it all.

...Air lock entry at the doors. With an air tight building an air lock is not really of much value, the whole house acts as a air lock and air doesn't blow though the house because there are no holes for the air to flow through. Soffits designed to allow full sun in the winter and complete shade for the windows in the s...

Net Zero Energy homes Edmonton Alberta
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Net Zero Energy house in Edmonton, Alberta

...Solar Electricity: Solar-electric systems located on all three homes will generate electricity to supply their own electricity needs, and sell any excess to local utilities. Passive solar: South facing windows will allow the sun's warmth to passively heat the structural concrete floor in the showhome. Insulatio...

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum certified home - The Edelweiss House
LEED Homes

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum house - An EcoHome project checklist

...air to air heat pump installation Air-to-water hybrid electric heat pump hot water heater High performance HRV ventilation system High efficiency ceiling fans for air circulation Triple-glazed argon filled wooden framed passive house standard windows First performance benchmark for Edelweiss: Passive Solar ...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Foundations and Basements

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...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 flooring m...

Heating an off-grid home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

OFF GRID LIVING BLOG, PART 4: Off-grid heating systems - lessons learned from our off grid home

...heated concrete floor in the lower level with four zones (one for each bedroom and one for the bathroom), and two hydronic baseboard registers upstairs. This system provides amazingly warm and comfy floors in the bedrooms when we run the heating system. Some people with heated floors don't get to have the warm foot exp...

Electric Heaters - is heating with electric an eco-friendly option?
Heating with electricity

Heating with electricity

...Heated air rises through metal fins, while cold air is drawn in through the bottom. Baseboard heaters can be controlled in a zone system, with thermostats in each room. This can help reduce overall consumption by enabling you to keep temperatures lower in infrequently used areas. Optimum placement of baseboard heat...

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...

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

...air with a device like a heat recovery ventilator (HRV). Blower door test to check for air permeability being conducted © Ecohome Airtightness is measured in air changes per hour (ACH), which measures the total volume of air inside a building, and how many times in one hour that this much air would be replaced ...