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Passive home designer Harold Orr, one of the original high performance homes
Passive solar home design

The principal designer of the house that inspired the global Passivhaus movement reflects on the project that started it all.

...solar energy". The solar people on the committee then designed a solar furnace consisting of about 17.9 m2 or 193 sq. ft. of vacuum tube solar collectors and a ...

The Fun Box
Tiny house

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

There seems to be a design trend of trying to out-cool the previously coolest tiny house, and as long as that keeps happening we will keep having great stories...

Hydronic heating system
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

Hydronic heating

...solar in the future. Solar water heating is much less expensive than solar power generation (photovoltaic) . New homes can be made 'solar ready' which is very...

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

Net Zero Energy house in Edmonton, Alberta

...Solar Electricity: Solar-electric systems located on all three homes will generate electricity to supply their own electricity needs, and sell any excess to l...

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...

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 thro...

House built by Matthew Smith of Mapleridge Homes
LEED Homes

LEED comes to the gatineau hills

...solar orientation of homes. All lots will include deeded access to a motor-free private lake and hiking trails backing on Crown land. “We’re not looking to lo...

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 all from t...

Wood frame Triple-glazed, argon-filled windows in the Ecohome Demo House
Windows and doors

Choosing windows - which window frame? wood v aluminum v vinyl

...solar heat gain. Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC): The Solar Heat Gain Coefficient is a scale from 0 to 100 that indicates the amount of solar gain you wi...

Efficient green home design choices
Concept and design

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

The principles of green building: A high performance, energy efficient home may include features like geothermal heating, wind power and solar panels, but th...

Wind farm
Wind power

Storing power from wind farms

...solar, is that it is unpredictable. This presents a challenge to grid operators, as they struggle to meet demand while compensating for calm winds or clouds. On...