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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

...solar panels. During the first winter, the generator was needed relatively frequently over a 6 month period from the fall through the spring, and it was far too often for my taste. Therefore, we doubled the capacity of the solar system. Direct vent propane heater © Craig Anderson Finally, we a...

Insulated Radiant Floor ICF Foam Forms Heated with Air
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

Air-heated radiant floor slab foam forming systems

...solar air heaters, which are less risky (and less expensive) than thermal-solar hydronic heaters. Insulating air tubes near the heater box output to better distribute heat © Ecohome Can radiant floor heating provide all the necessary heat for a home? In theory, yes, but it will not...

Suburb of Toronto
Choosing where to live

Living a greener lifestyle in the suburbs

...solar water heater is less ‘green’ than living in a poorly insulated house on a good bus route. Another problem related to unrestrained urban sprawl is the disappearance of good farm land and natural habitats. Cities large and small continue to expand outward into pristine wildernesses and rich farm lands. In an ag...

Sustainably built Prefabricated Tiny houses from FabCab
Tiny house

Tiny Houses: The FabCab prefabricated building WA

...solar water heater to be used with the radiant floor heating system. Healthy indoor air quality: Low VOC paints and finishes are used throughout the cabins. Water efficiency: Water efficient plumbing fixtures Optional cisterns can catch and store rainwater from the roof. Less commuting: In many cases, ADUs are ...

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

Heating with electricity

...heaters is underneath windows, as that is where you will have your greatest heat loss. It is also important that they be installed an inch above floor levels to allow for air intake through the bottom. Electric convection heaters: A convection heater is similar to a baseboard heater, but with a fan attached. So a...

Efficient green home design choices
Concept and design

Efficient home design, or how to design a home to use less energy

The principles of green building: High performance, energy efficient Eco homes may include features like geothermal heating, wind power and solar panels, but these are not the defining features of green living. They come in second, and some you can even do without. A green home starts with being well-designed, well-...

Outdoor solar shower
Solar thermal collectors

DIY solar hot water shower for the great outdoors

...solar hot water system. Use it to build the outdoor shower of your dreams, to add a sink with warm water to your outhouse, or for both. Check out the step-by-step DIY solar shower instructions on the Endeavour Centre website.

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

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

...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 in winter, yet keeps that heat to distribute later as the air begins to coo...

Passive Solar Home design at it's best - Kenogami House - EcoHome
Passive solar home design

Ecohome Kenogami House wins Home of the Year Award

...Solar Index program (PSI) of energy modelling designs from the benchmark of complete passive solar heating, this is not a rigid target. Depending on climate and other considerations (such as with the Kenogami House), achieving zero heat demand is not always the best use of resources. Regardless of your building envel...

What is a heat pump
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Heat pumps: what they are and how they work

...heater, which has a COP of 1 (every unit of energy you put into your electric baseboard comes out as heat), heat pumps suddenly become quite attractive! Another interesting advantage of heat pumps compared to other residential heating or cooling systems is that a heat pump can actually be configured to do both heatin...

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 ...