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

Prefab Homes for Sale - Beautiful & Sustainable - Available Now

...air-heated super-insulated radiant floor slabs , low carbon concrete and the exceptional indoor air quality that comes from choosing and using the highest quality sustainable building materials , it's no suprise how popular these affordable prefab eco homes are. "Bâtiment Pré-Fab are delighted to be offering prefab...

Passively-heated off-grid LEED Gold home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog part 6 - energy modeling projections and real performance

...solar heated super insulated passive house floor slab form kit , and I'm fairly sure that it would have been cost-effective to do this upgrade. I guess that one advantage of the current state of things is that the downstairs bedrooms are always cooler through the summer, making sleeping comfortable even on the hottest ...

Earthship in Taos, New Mexico, shame they don't work in cold climates
Concept and design

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...heated air into the living space. So in order to take advantage of that passively heated air, you will greatly increase the interior relative humidity of your house. Combine that with un-insulated exterior walls and you have the ideal environment for condensation to collect and mold to form. And as it requires more e...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Crawl spaces

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

...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...

Ecohome's Kenogami House 'The Most Resilient Home in North America'
Concept and design

Resilient design features for new home construction

...Solar thermal panels powered by photovoltaics: pumps and fans for hydronic solar panels (liquid) or air solar thermal panels or even air solar heated floor slabs can be powered by a small photovoltaic panel . Heated concrete floors are a great way to store and distribute heat over extended periods of time making the mo...

Greenhouse Construction for Cold Climates
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

How to build a greenhouse in a cold climate

...air in between. The insulated greenhouse is heated with a reclaimed forced-air furnace that is that activated automatically by a thermostat when the temperature drops below the established threshold. The heating system stops automatically when the control temperature is reached. To compare Greenhouse Kits online wi...

Building Green Homes on a Budget is Possible - Our top tips
Planning and Design

Top tips for planning and building a green home on a budget

...air barriers carefully to ensure air tightness in a new home build - (see here) as long as you have the time to ensure the job is completed properly before the final finishing is to be applied, then this is within the skillset of most competent DIY'ers. In my past, as a builder, the one task we would often welcome fr...

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

Hydronic heating

...heated , so don't let this irritating trait put you off them. One advantage to hydronic heating systems is the ability to convert to thermal solar in the future. Solar water heating is much less expensive than solar power generation (photovoltaic) . New homes can be made 'solar ready' which is very inexpensive, add...