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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-42 to R-120 under the bathroom Triple-pane sliding patio door Photovoltaic panels and a wind turbine will power two hot water tanks for radiant heating and...

The Top Twelve Green Building Trends for 2020
Planning and Design

Find out what's trending in 2020 for Green Home Construction

...Solar panels on homes There has been a steady increase in the installation of solar panels on homes in North America, which is encouraged by technological advances, decreasing prices, as well as recieving help from states in the form of Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS). By the end of 2015, 37 US states had requi...

Passive House in Quebec
Passive House

The Passive-Aggressive House - Our History of a Passivhaus Build

...solar” houses from the 1970s, which often had too many windows, causing wild temperature swings from day to night. “There’s no good reason,” I used to say, “why we don’t build more Passive Houses in this country.” I assumed it was just Canadian denial of our climate; we like to wear thin jackets and complain about th...

Which wood is best for framing timber frame construction in homes?
Wall assemblies - new construction

Lumber choices for wood frame construction - choosing timber for framing & building homes

...solar home with FSC certified wood: Engineered wood products for framing homes Engineered wood requires more processing than standard wood. As may be expected, engineered wood is more expensive than the types described above, and has a higher embodied energy given that it undergoes multiple transformations. Eve...

Bullfrog clean power
Renewable energy

Bullfrog Power makes clean renewable energy available to all of us.

...solar panels on your roof, the actual electricity you use is for the most part not the electricity you generated. The bulk of electricity generated by home solar panels happens in the middle of the day when most of us are at work and our homes are using little power. So unless you have a battery backup system (which ...

Solar panels power the Kenogami House in Saguenay, Quebec
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

The Kenogami House: Energy systems in Net Zero Energy Home Design

...panels can be fed back into the power grid. Thermal solar systems do not lend themselves well to solar trackers (panels that follow the sun to maximize efficiency) which is not uncommon to see with PV solar systems. On average, a photovoltaic system has a much longer service life than a solar thermal system. For ...

Backyard solar panels
Grants and incentives

The Ontario MicroFIT program

...solar and wind projects cannot be built on residential properties but can be built on commercial properties and farmland not deemed residential. 60% of the manufacturing and/or production process for solar projects must be done in Ontario. For a solar project to be considered “rooftop solar” it must be built on an ...

Electricity

Lights, appliances and all things electrical

There are a lot of options to consider when shopping for appliances, designing home lighting, and heating your home. These pages outline some things you can do that will help reduce your consumption, and despite what is sometimes a higher sticker price, usually save you money. Home lighting: EXAMPLE 1 Ther...

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

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

...solar power generation and storage is quickly falling in price, and it is now possible to have a regular supply of electricity at a home for a manageable cost. The second trend is large increases in efficiency of all of the electronics used in our homes. The normal, high-efficiency, often ENERGY STAR approved applian...

Earthship in Taos, New Mexico, shame they don't work in cold climates
Concept and design

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...solar panels and wind, propane is typically used for cooking, and in colder climates water heating. Rainwater is collected, stored in large plastic cisterns and filtered for residential use; waste water is treated on site and used for growing food. The south-facing wall is all windows and acts as a heat collector a...