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Net Zero Energy homes Edmonton Alberta
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Net Zero Energy house in Edmonton, Alberta

...Windows: Triple pane windows containing two coats of low e film, argon gas filled glazing with insulating spacers between panes. Net Zero Energy home © Effect Home Builders Solar Electricity: Solar-electric systems located on all three homes will generate electricity to supply their own el...

Recycled barn beams and a refinished clawfoot bathtub
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Recycled & reclaimed materials

...windows: Old windows can be great for sheds and greenhouses but are best not used in exterior walls of homes, for a number of reasons. Older windows might not have had the best performance record, even in their prime. And if they have seen some useful life already, they will have a reduced lifespan, so you may find you...

Thermal image showing where home heat loss is occurring.
Insulation and soundproofing

How insulation works

...windows. Both these effects are known as natural convection, as opposed to forced convection where the wind or the use of ventilators create a greater impact. In homes with significant air leakage, heat loss occurs in two ways : 1 - As warm air leaks out it is replaced with cold air, and 2 - if you think of the '...

Reducing the need for air conditioning
Heating and cooling

How to keep homes cool without air conditioning

...windows, electrical and plumbing openings, and seal any cracks. Close all your windows during the heat of the day, and get your fresh air at night. Pay attention to the temperatures inside and out, and wait until it's actually cooler outside to open up the windows. Block out the sun during the day with opaque curta...

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

...windows at it. You can pick up a lot of free heat, and if you plan your shading properly with overhangs and window layout, you can help keep it naturally cool in the summer. If you then add high performance triple glazed Passive House certified windows , then they will be optimized to gain and retain the sun's heat. ...

How radiant floors work
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

How to design for thermal comfort in a home

...windows. As warm, humid indoor air comes in contact with cold windows in winter, it cools, the moisture within it condenses on the window, and the cooler, denser air falls, creating air movement and the sensation of a draft. The interior surface of triple-pane windows are warmer than double-pane windows resulting in ...

Net Zero Energy Home ZNE in Edmonton Alberta
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Award winning Net Zero Energy house in Edmonton Alberta Leads the Way

...windows light and heat the home and create the feeling of being outside and connected to nature. Appropriately-sized roof overhangs regulate the amount of sun entering the home depending on the season. 100% of the lighting in the home is LED. Heat recovery ventilation (including washroom fans) is controlled by a Venmar...

heat pumps in tandem with heat pump hot water tanks
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Increased efficiency with heat pumps working in tandem

...Windows are a part of that but they are also part of our energy performance strategy. The house is laid out south facing to maximize passive solar heat gain, so we have designed and chosen windows to take best advantage of that. Window glazings on the North, East and West have an R value of 8.4, but intentionally o...

Balanced insulation levels in a green home
Efficient home design

Insulation in Green Home Building, a balanced approach to putting it where it does the most good

...windows, they become the weak link in the chain and you can effectively undo all your own efforts to reduce heat loss. So in the case of a super-insulated wall with cheap windows, the loss of thermal performance of that entire wall section (windows included) may have been a more expensive option than reducing the ins...

Lifestyle and environment

Resources and getting started

...windows with plastic in winter. These upgrades don’t necessarily have to cost you a lot, you could also consider talking to the landlord about footing the bill for material costs. More and more people are inquiring about utility costs when renting, so making these upgrades increases the value of the property and makes ...

The Affordable Architect-Designed Modern Green prefab 2 Bed kit home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed modern Green prefab 2 bed kit home

...windows for natural lighting that can reduced heating costs when oriented for passive solar heat gain . Some kit houses we feature are Passive House ready , and some, like Le Refuge, are built ready to meet the LEED for Homes rating system requirements in terms of energy-efficiency, healthy indoor air quality and the...