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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 ...

Off-grid leed home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog post 5: appliances, mechanical and other systems

...heating We use propane to do our domestic hot water heating, with an indirect water heater powered by our propane boiler (see post about our heating system here ). Our boiler has a set of heating loops that come off of it, and one of those loops goes inside the water tank. A heat exchanger consisting of a set of copp...

Radiant floor heat in a bathroom
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

DIY radiant floor installation

...heating systems. See other videos such as DIY radiant floor tube installation and episode 1 of our green home building guide, how to build a passive solar home . Read more about Ecohome's LEED V4 Platinum Edelweiss House , Passive solar home design , Passive House contruction , how to build slab on grade on bad soi...

Leed platinum plaque
Green building certifications

All about green home certification programs & rating systems for USA & Canada

...heating or cooling your house. Typically a certified Passive House would be expected to operate approximately 90% more efficiently than a house built to code. That is pretty close to a ‘net-zero ready’ house, often a modest photovoltaic solar system is all it takes to achieve the elusive $0 utility bill. R-2000 homes...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...Solar Powered Radiant Heating below, or discover many more articles about Design, Insulation, Forming, Heating & Pouring of Slab on Grade by Clicking HERE all from the EcoHome Green Building Guides Or, you can watch all the EcoHome Slab On Grade Videos in this Playlist

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

The best tips for buying windows

...Solar Heat Gain Coefficient, a value between 0 and 1 that indicates how much sun energy passes through the glazing at a 90° angle to the sun rays; a lower SHGC means less solar radiation passing through the glazing and heating the home interior. The Solar Heat Gain coefficient based on orientation in th...

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

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

...heating requirement is met by the windows. Our primary heat source would be passive solar gain, by design .” The EcoHome Team even designed Edelweiss to make use of deciduous trees on the south facing side of the building lot to effectively shield the windows from any possibility of overheating in summer, while allow...

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

...heating needed for this home is accomplished by sun streaming in the windows. I've taken just enough of a look at the passive solar heating literature to know that this is roughly as high as one should go with passive solar heating in a home unless one is willing to endure unwelcome overheating on warm sunny days in ...

Air-heated radiant concrete floor
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

Air-heated radiant floors

...heating, electrically-heated mats are sometimes installed below the tiles in bathroom floors for added comfort. What you don’t see a lot of, are floors heated with air. Electric wire radiant floor heating © Ecohome How to make air-heated floors work: Since the first forced-air heatin...

Comparing ground source and air source heat pumps
Heating and cooling

Heat Pumps: Ground source geothermal GSHP or air source ASHP, which one is best for heating a home?

...heating costs by a factor of 3 and offer very attractive paybacks. Research has shown that heating a single family home with a heat pump instead of a natural gas furnace or boiler yields carbon emissions savings comparable to taking an average car off the road . A gradual transition to heating with heat pumps offer...

Passive House certification - PHI or PHIUS? The Spring House Passive House
Passive House

Everything you need to know about Passive House certification

...solar heating and cooling to modern Passive House home building . Because let's get one thing straight - Passive Solar heating and cooling as a concept has been around for thousands of years . When early man was cold and it was sunny out he sat in the sun, when he was cold and it was overcast he sought shelter and lit ...