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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...

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...

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...

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...

Off grid, passively heated and cooled house in the Gatineau Hills, Que
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off grid and passively heated, this house in Low, Quebec is aiming for LEED certification for insulation, and the air/vapour barrier is sandwiched between walls where it won't need to be punctured for electrical work, as all wiring is done on th...

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...

Tips for Urban Gardening and Gardening in Small Spaces
Food production

Grow food at home: 7 tips for growing food in small spaces

...sun exposure, but many vegetables will tolerate partial shade, and a few could even be considered 'shade vegetables' as they won't tolerate full sun exposure. ...

Solar panel installation
Solar photovoltaic

Ten questions to ask a solar panel contractor

...sun exposure. Are there alternative solar mounting systems? Pole mounts are a good option if you don't have enough roof space or a clear line for solar expo...

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...