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Passive solar heating & cooling in Homes has a long history in USA
Passive solar home design

Passive house and passive solar - free heat for homes

...sun, but fully exposed to the sun in winter, which would heat the rocks and provide some warmth to homes. While having a home rated by any performance scale o...

The Fincube tin house
Tiny house

The Fincube off-grid tiny house, and the four living areas (living room and bedroom, kitchen and bathroom) open up to the outside. The 360-degree glass fronts, innovative lighting techn...

Solariums in cold climates won't heat homes unless carefully designed and built
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

Solariums in cold climates won't heat your home

...sun is up, and released later when the sun goes down and the room begins to cool. But once that supply of heat is depleted, and in the absence of a supplementar...

Ice dams on roofs & how to fix them
Roof assemblies - renovation

What causes ice dams and how to fix them

...Sun and wind: wind will blow snow off a roof, most noticeably at the ridge, and when roofing materials are exposed to the sun they warm up and melt the surround...

Dual axis solar tracker
Solar photovoltaic

Choosing between solar trackers and fixed solar panels mounts

...sun exposure in a day Potential shade from nearby buildings or trees Typical local weather - average days of cloud coverage Whether the panel mount is fix...

Mixed interior room lighting

Home lighting design

The first thought of home lighting design should be the orientation of windows for quality of life, but also passive solar heat gain. Not only does the sun off...

Efficient home design

Phase change building materials - natural heat storage in buildings temperature, that process would cost you nothing. That's the beauty of how PCMs can work in buildings, by having a room temperature melting point. More o...

How to choose Triple pane, high performance windows
Windows and doors

The best tips for buying windows

...sun in and keep the high summer sun out © Ecohome To avoid collecting unwanted heat in the summer, south glazing should be well-protected from the sun, whic...

Solar Air Heating Panels for Homes - How to Build DIY
Solar thermal collectors

All about solar air heaters - DIY or purchased temperature from sundown to sunup on a cold winter night. If you're looking for a solar air heater to warm a building with no power, you can gain heat si...

Rendering of the Ecohome demonstration house
Efficient home design

Ecohome Demo House: High performance, affordable cost

...rooms, bathrooms and the mechanical room will be concentrated along the north side of the home, with living areas on the open space to the south. This configura...

Solar panels power the Kenogami House in Saguenay, Quebec
Renewable energy

The Kenogami House: Energy systems at the cutting edge of innovation

...sunlight, it would drop no lower than 10°C. With even minimal sunlight and no supplementary heat, this house will easily remain at or above 18°C. A heating sy...