Solar heating / Guides

Mobile tiny house
Tiny house

Is Tiny House living in a cold climate good or bad for the planet?

...solar panels or super-thick walls, but they easily rank as one of the lower impact home choices. Along with shared heat, they use existing infrastructure (water...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Crawl spaces

Should I Build on a Slab on Grade Foundation or a Crawl Space?

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

Leed platinum plaque
Green building certifications

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

...solar gain, and reducing energy consumption. A certified Passive House is significantly more energy efficient than a conventionally built home. This rating syst...

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 f...

The Affordable Architect-Designed Modern Green prefab 2 Bed kit home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed modern Green prefab 2 bed 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 me...

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...

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 ...

Slab-on-grade for Ecohome's upcoming video building guide
Passive solar home design

how to build a slab-on-grade on standard soil

There are many ways to build a slab-on-grade (or frost-protected shallow foundation), the following is a step-by-step walk though of a thickened-edge slab floo...

Efficient home design

Phase change building materials - natural heat storage in buildings

...heating and cooling. With very little testing information available we're not comfortable making claims as to how well this or any other such products work, h...

Water efficiency
Plumbing and water heaters

How to save money on your hot water bills!

...solar heat collection. The amount of heat that can be generated by the most rudimentary solar collection system is astounding. Check out our DIY solar shower , ...

The Fun Box
Tiny house

The Fun Box! Solar, wind and human powered luxury living

...Heating: pellet stove Bathroom facilities: composting toilet, open-air shower, large moveable stainless steel bath. Built in outdoor fireplace on the terrac...