Solar heating / Guides

Wildfire Smoke & How to Keep it Outside Homes
Healthy indoor air quality

How to keep wildfire smoke out of Green Homes with mechanical ventilation systems?

...heating power during winter - which is why using HRV and ERV systems is recommended to reduce energy loss whilst ventilating homes. When there are wildfires in ...

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...

Slab on grade or a foundation and basement?
Foundation choices

Choosing between a slab-on-grade or a foundation and basement

...solar slab-on-grade construction Slab-on-Grade Construction is best if: Slab on grade polished concrete floor © Bala Structures A slab floor is a fant...

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed Modern Green prefab tiny house kit home
Tiny house

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed modern Green prefab tiny house kit home

...heating costs when oriented for passive solar heat gain . Some kit houses we feature are Passive House ready , and some like Le Refuge, are built ready to mee...

LEED Platinum Prefab Home Kits
LEED Homes

LEED Platinum Pre-fab Homes

...solar gain . © SeeVirtual Not only is this a high efficiency home, it's a healthy home as well. Indoor contaminants were kept to a min...

The LEED rating system
LEED Homes

The LEED rating system

...solar gains. Locations & Linkages (10 points) The location and linkages category aims to reduce the need for new infrastructure development by encouraging b...

Greenhouse Construction for Cold Climates
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

How to build a greenhouse in a cold climate

...heating. Growing season: There is no heating system, so its use is currently limited to the summer months, from the first week of June to as late as mid-Oct...

Building science for LEED v4 wall design made easy
Concept and design

Building science for LEED v4 wall design made easy - video

...solar heat gain meant the headers we needed were massive, making these walls absolutely un-liftable by mere humans, so we enlisted the help of a boom truck to g...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Foundations and Basements

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...solar air heated slab floor here . What’s cheaper to build – a slab on grade or a crawlspace? A slab is cheaper . A crawl space is like building a mini (and...

Free Energy Audits, Net Zero Home Grants & Interest Free Home Renovation Loans
Grants and incentives

0% loans & Grants for Green Home Renovations & Construction - A Boost for Canadians in 2020

...heating bills. Help achieve climate change goals Let’s also remember – these Free Home Energy Audits in Canada , Net Zero Home Grants & Interest Free Home R...

Correctly installed Triple pane south facing windows on Ecohome's Demo House
Windows and doors

Installing doors & windows for the best performance in high efficiency homes, LEED & Passive House

...Solar, Zero Energy Homes or even Positive Energy Homes all rely on the building envelope having a high level of insulation, and a managed level of Air Transfer ...