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Celsius Solar Igloo
Solar thermal collectors

Celsius: The solar heated igloo!

...solar igloo at first sounds counterintuitive, but contrast is at the heart of this design concept created by the L. McComber architectural team for Montreal's Igloofest. The solar igloo known as 'Celsius' can be visited free of charge until February 19th at the now famous Igloofest in the Old Port of Montreal. We were ...

The Fun Box
Tiny house

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

...powered television, DVD player and sound system. 15 minutes of pedaling earns you an hour and a half of watching. Bathtub on wheels © Le Vertendre The Fun Box © Le Vertendre The Fun Box kitchen and climbing wall © Le Vertendre ...

Solar Radiant Heated Floor Slab Kit
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

Solar heated radiant floor with radiant heated hot water for a site with problem soil - expansive clay

...solar-heated air into the thermal battery which is the concrete slab floor. Passive Solar air-heated radiant floor slab on grade forming kit © Ecohome Solar air heating panels are a growing trend in green building online , with one notable shortfall – the heat that is generated is difficult to store or control....

Outdoor solar shower
Solar thermal collectors

DIY solar hot water shower for the great outdoors

...solar hot water system. Use it to build the outdoor shower of your dreams, to add a sink with warm water to your outhouse, or for both. Check out the step-by-step DIY solar shower instructions on the Endeavour Centre website.

The off-grid Ecocapsule accessory dwelling unit
Tiny house

The off-grid Ecocapsule tiny house

...solar and wind-powered dwelling will be available for sale later this year. Nice Architects has already completed a prototype, and they plan to ship the first units as soon as Spring 2016 - check out the first photos of this low-energy sanctuary after the break, and picture yourself living the dream. ...

Lithium-ion solar home battery
Solar photovoltaic

Lithium-ion solar home batteries

...solar arrays, because the inverters in a solar array system require power to begin making power, regardless of whether they are tied to the grid or not. Smart battery systems will recognize if you do laundry, shower or cook with electric stoves in something of a regular pattern. This helps them determine at a given t...

Solar thermal collectors

All about solar thermal collectors

...solar thermal collector? A photovoltaic (PV) solar collector converts solar radiation into electricity , but a solar thermal collector is much simpler than that. It refers to a device that collects heat directly from solar radiation. That can be as simple and rudimentary as water being pumped through a black tube lay...

How to Fasten Cement Board Facing to slab on grade insulation
Slab on Grade

Finishing the exterior of an insulated slab-on-grade floor

...Solar Powered Radiant Heating , or discover many more articles about Design, Insulation, Forming, Heating & Pouring of Slab on Grade by Clicking HERE or join the debate about which insulation is the greenest here , all from the EcoHome Green Building Guides

Lifestyle and environment

Emergency preparedness guide for homes

...powered LED candles. This eliminates any fire hazard if they are accidentally left on overnight. Generators: Having a small gas-powered generator can be extremely helpful in a few ways: They can be used at intervals to cool refrigerators and freezers, charge devices and computers, and to power emergency lighting an...

The Otis mobile tiny house
Tiny house

The Tiny House Movement may have gotten tinier with the arrival of Otis

...solar powered electrical system. This semester, his class went one better, constructing a 70 square-foot “living system” that can be towed on a standard 5 X 8-foot trailer. The pod-shaped tiny house includes indoor plumbing in the form of a composting toilet, a rainwater collection system, and a single 120-watt sol...

PSI

Case Study: Kenogami House, Saguenay, Quebec

...solar heat gain. Exterior durability measures include a metal roof and fascia, electrically controlled exterior shutters, stone and red spruce siding. Heat recovered ventilation is provided by a Zhender air exchanger rated at 93% efficiency and along with interior appliances is powered by a 5.4 watt photovoltaic so...