Solar power / Guides

Heating an off-grid home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

OFF GRID LIVING BLOG, PART 4: Off-grid heating systems - lessons learned from our off grid home

...solar system, including power generated, power used, generator run time, battery temperature. These daily reminders tell me how the system is functioning, and I...

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...

Green building certifications

Powerhouse: the new standard for positive energy design

...Powerhouse Drøbak Montessori Secondary School in Norway © Powerhouse Another way that Powerhouse stands out is how the energy balance must be calculated; it...

Mobile tiny house
Tiny house

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

...power are installing solar panels and batteries or finding a place to plug in, like an RV park. More cost, more hassle. When a tiny house starts to lose its a...

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...

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

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

...solar panels. But we kind of wanted to bring it down to the basics and just show how little energy a house needs to use. Yes, we could have installed solar pane...

Net Zero Energy Home ZNE in Edmonton Alberta
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Award winning Net Zero house in Edmonton Alberta Leads the Way

...solar design , increased insulation, airtight construction techniques , highly efficient mechanical systems and photovoltaic power generation . These systems an...

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 heated radiant floor - see this one go together here: This is the solar heated floor slab-on-grade foundation form kit being assembled for this LEED &...

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?

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

The village of Baie-Saint-Paul in Charlevoix
Choosing where to live

Moving to the country - living a rural lifestyle

...solar design by offering shade in the summer, yet allowing the sun to pass through in winter for solar heat gain. Preserve natural mater...

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

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

...power outages and earthquakes. Features: Autonomous water (well water and rainwater harvesting) Autonomous energy systems (photovoltaic solar panels - P...