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Passive Solar Home design at it's best - Kenogami House - EcoHome
Passive solar home design

Ecohome Kenogami House wins Home of the Year Award

...Triple paned argon filled fiberglass framed windows > R4.5 Ceiling: 3" Polyisocyanurate and 36" of cellulose > R151 Wall insulation: 14" of EPS foam and 7.5" of mineral wool > R 80 Slab on grade insulation: EPS foam and polyurethane > R60 0,57 ACH @ 50 Pa ( Air Changes per Hour at 50 Pascals of pressure) En...

Ecohome's Kenogami House 'The Most Resilient Home in North America'
Concept and design

Resilient design features for new home construction

...triple-paned window ; they will also collect more condensation that can damage sills, drywall and structural materials. A resilient wall is one that is well-suited to the challenges posed by its particular climate and microclimate. The solution is to build a wall that protects against wetting (both from the inside ...

The birthplace of Passive House solar home design The Saskatchewan Conservation
Passive solar home design

Saskatchewan: The birthplace of Passive House and passive solar home design

...triple glaze windows. It was extremely airtight (even by today's standards) and most importantly, because it proved that Passive House and Passive Solar designs could work as a practical liveable home, it was one of the first houses ever to have its fresh air supplied by heat recovery ventilation , which is now stand...

Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

A Toronto Off-grid home 20 years later; how did it fare? How could it be optimized?

...triple the estimate), it still represents a 2/3rd reduction compared to a conventional house of the same size. Off-grid living in the city - does it make sense? Houses built on land that does not have access to municipal services such as water, sewage and power, will likely require considerable investment to provid...

Is EPS foam eco-friendly? Exterior home insulation rigid foam panels
Insulation and soundproofing

Does plastic foam or Styrofoam insulation have a place in green building?

...triple-pane windows, passive heating, and SIPs walls. Would I build it the same now? Nope. Do I hate it? Nope. It is what it is. It’s not as great as I first thought, but it works fine. There are some aspects that I didn’t anticipate and don’t love, but hey – hindsight is always 20/20. So…how could a true to the core...

How to Choose between an HRV and ERV system

Choosing between an HRV and an ERV

...triple that of the previous version (2003), since the extra 2 cfm were considered until now to be provided by the air leaks in the envelope. Worth noting, key professionals in the industry are still debating the value of this update. That's just another reminder that the industry is always evolving, as are opinions and...

Earthship in Taos, New Mexico, shame they don't work in cold climates
Concept and design

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...triple greenhouses would be fuel injection. I am ready to race any conventional heating system." - Michael Reynolds, Earthship Biotect . Thermal mass does store and release heat, but the magic happens by separating the interior and exterior environmental temperatures, not by joining them. He seems to have realized th...