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The passive solar home in Lac Kenogami, Quebec
Passive solar home design

Ecohome design wins House of the Year Award from Green Builder® Magazine

...water heat pump powered by photovoltaic solar panels that extracts heat from the interior air and transfers it to his water heater, from where it is distributed through his radiant floors. Along with providing air conditioning in summer, this system prevents the home from overheating in winter, yet keeps that heat to d...

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

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

...water hybrid electric heat pump hot water heater High performance HRV ventilation system High efficiency ceiling fans for air circulation Triple-glazed argon filled wooden framed passive house standard windows First performance benchmark for Edelweiss: Passive Solar Index 15 Registration date: August 25, 20...

Efficient green home design choices
Concept and design

Efficient home design, or how to design a home to use less energy

...water. Learn about the efficient heating strategies here. A house with 60% of its windows facing south ( passive solar ) may have its heating requirements reduced by as much as 25% for virtually no cost. It is important that it be properly-designed to avoid overheating though, or you will negate any heat savings with...

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.

High efficiency wood stoves
Wood stove and biomass heat

Heating with wood and biomass fuel

...heaters (masonry stove, Russian stove) As indicated by the name, these heaters are made of masonry (brick, stone, tile and plaster) rather than cast iron like wood and pellet stoves. Masonry heaters are an extremely efficient way to heat with wood, as they burn efficiently, and the exhaust gas is directed through a l...

Why Electric Heating Systems are Best for Sustainable Homes
Heating with electricity

Heating with Electricity - The Best Choice for High Efficiency & Zero Energy Homes?

...water heater can further save energy and money. Air source heat pumps are the most cost-effective type of heat pump for smaller homes (compared to ground source), and they have the additional benefit of doubling as air conditioning in summer. Only in very large or poorly-performing homes will there be high enough hea...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...water heater, air exchanger, water softener, septic pump, sulphur tank, central vac, etc. Slab-on-grade design: Given that you are committing a certain area of the main floor to mechanical systems, this is as good a time as any to plan some storage, and maximize the efficiency of that room. Along with some space ...

Comparing ground source and air source heat pumps
Heating and cooling

Heat Pumps: Ground source geothermal GSHP or air source ASHP, which one is best for heating a home?

...solar air heater - see here . Temperatures affect heat pump efficiency The efficiency of extracting heat from cold air could be compared to that of squeezing a damp sponge to get water. The less moisture there is in the sponge, the harder you'll have to squeeze. So, the colder the air is, the more energy it takes t...

The Methane Midden compost water heater that surpassed its goal on kic
Plumbing and water heaters

Compost pile hot tub water heater

...solar energy. These are homesteads, farms and schools fit for a challenging future of peak oil, climate change and economic transition." By running water through a giant compost pile, it was brought from 7 °C to a blistering 62 °C. Not much more needs to be said that the video doesn't say. We love seeing stuff like t...

Passive House certification - PHI or PHIUS? The Spring House Passive House
Passive House

Everything you need to know about Passive House certification

...solar-thermal energy (e.g., solar hot water). All other renewable energies are disqualified - something PHIUS changed by including on-site energy production (photovoltaics or wind turbines) used on site in their assessment. PHI and PHIUS both believe that the Source Energy Limit should be the the most stringent but P...

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...