Solar heat gain / Guides

Solariums in cold climates won't heat homes unless carefully designed and built
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

Solariums in cold climates won't heat your home

...Solarium/Sunroom kit addition for extra space, but are they the bargain they may seem? © Lindal Additions via Flickr Passive heating in solarium...

heat pumps in tandem with heat pump hot water tanks
Hot water

Increased efficiency with heat pumps working in tandem

...heating ratio of the first heat pump is transferred to the water heater. And the more 'free' heat you have in winter (solar gains and general occupancy) the m...

PSI

Case Study: Kenogami House, Saguenay, Quebec

...heat loss and maximise solar heat gain. Exterior durability measures include a metal roof and fascia, electrically controlled exterior shutters, stone and red...

Solar panels power the Kenogami House in Saguenay, Quebec
Renewable energy

The Kenogami House: Energy systems at the cutting edge of innovation

...heat source: a unique combination of passive solar heat gain, photovoltaic solar panels, a condensing boiler, heat pump and thermal battery. The ultimate goal...

Passive solar heating & cooling in Homes has a long history in USA
Passive solar home design

Passive house and passive solar - free heat for homes

...gain and retain the sun's heat. In Optimized Passive Solar House Design, proper shading prevents overheating in summer © Sunshine Saved Other shading te...

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

All about solar air heaters - DIY or purchased

...solar air heaters work: Solar air heater diagram © Ecohome The above diagram indicates the basic concept of a solar air heater, and while there are many...

Swimming Pool Heating - Save energy & money & be Eco-friendly as possible Tips
Natural swimming pools and ponds

Heating a Swimming Pool - Top 10 Cost-Efficient & Eco-friendly ways to heat a pool

...heating? Reduce heat loss & maximize free heat gains... Tips to reduce energy use by good pool design 1) Pool Insulation to reduce heat loss: When plann...

Photovoltaic solar panels
Renewable energy

Solar heating and energy generation

...heat as long as your home stands. Solar thermal heating and solar water heaters This refers to using solar panels to absorb heat in a liquid (mix of glyco...

How to choose Triple pane, high performance windows
Windows and doors

The best tips for buying windows

...solar heat gain on the north facade, so go with the highest R-value, period. On the east and west facades, a combination of a high R-value and low solar heat ga...

Wood frame Triple-glazed, argon-filled windows in the Ecohome Demo House
Windows and doors

Choosing windows - which window frame? wood v aluminum v vinyl

...solar heat gain. Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC): The Solar Heat Gain Coefficient is a scale from 0 to 100 that indicates the amount of solar gain you wi...

Off grid, passively heated and cooled house in the Gatineau Hills, Que
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off grid living blog, part 2: passively heated, this house in Quebec aims for LEED certification

...gain heat, and install heavy duty insulation to keep that free heat. Further to that, the house is powered by solar panels, and heated by a woodstove and radi...