Solar heating / Guides

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...

The Best 10 Energy Saving Tips for Green Homes - EcoHome
Wall assemblies - renovation

Green home improvements: an energy-saving pyramid scheme that actually works!

...heating usually translates into cost savings of between 5 and 15% on your heating bill. LED bulbs: The price of power keeps rising while the price of efficien...

High efficiency wood stoves
Wood stove and biomass heat

Heating with wood and biomass fuel

...heating solution . Burning firewood and other biomass fuels are a way to gain that independence. Heating efficiently with biomass fuel (wood, grain, seeds and...

Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

A Toronto Off-grid home 20 years later; how did it fare?

...Solar energy collection A successful strategy to power a home with solar energy begins like the water system, with the core principle of first reducing demand...

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 ...

Tiny House living in cold climates - one of the best tiny homes on wheels
Tiny house

Tiny Houses - Living in Cold Climates

...solar panel heating system. How to Insulate and Heat a Tiny House Energy and performance of Ben Hayward's Tiny House R-48+ walls Floors ranging from R...

60 Minutes On This Bicycle Can Power Your Home For 24 Hours (In Theory Anyhow)
Renewable energy

Can you really power your home with a bicycle generator?

...heating, cooking and heating but hey, it's a start! Bhargava and his team developed this bicycle generator to take advantage of the mechanical energy created ...

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 slab...

Backyard solar panels
Grants and incentives

The Ontario MicroFIT program

...solar projects must be done in Ontario. For a solar project to be considered “rooftop solar” it must be built on an existing permanent building, complete with...

Built to ENDURE: the Net Zero Heat Kenogami House
Efficient home design

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

...heating and cooling are most often the largest components of the total energy consumption of a building, how energy efficient a building is largely depends on t...

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

Prefab Homes for Sale - Beautiful & Sustainable - Available Now

...solar gain . This results in significant energy savings for this model of home over winter. At the same time, to prevent overheating in summer from this vast ex...