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

Off-grid living blog post 5: appliances, mechanical and other systems

...wood stoves, kerosene lamps, and propane powered appliances. One can still find most of these electricity-light home systems, including such things propane lighting and propane powered refrigerators. However, these systems are made at such a small scale and are in such small demand, that they are quite expensive and ...

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

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...wood stove in a house insulated with foam panels that has a propane-powered clothes dryer, cook stove and water heater. Here is how Mike Reynolds described that very house in the Calgary Herald- “ Canada is tremendously interested in this kind of a building ,” he said. “A building that does everything for itself, tot...

Passively-heated off-grid LEED house in Low, Quebec
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog: a firsthand account of building and living in a remote area

...wood Contemporary design with a single pitched shed style roof Resilient design, using well-chosen design details and high quality components, so that house will age well over decades Big stone fireplace with a high efficiency stove insert Orientation for passive heat gain: Forest surrounds the home on all ...

Non-toxic building materials can improve home air quality
Healthy indoor air quality

Maintaining healthy indoor air quality

...wood for kitchen furniture - which is also available as formaldehyde-free and pre-finished UV cured VOC free plywood which really brings out all the beauty of wood without filling the air in our homes with noxious chemicals. Carbon monoxide (CO) Carbon monoxide is often called the silent killer, as it is a colourle...

Comparing ground source and air source heat pumps
Heating and cooling

Heat Pumps: Ground source geothermal GSHP or air source ASHP, which one is best for heating a home?

...wood pellet stove designed for off-grid use, see here . In this test case the system was coupled with a backup mini-boiler to supply hot water to the heating coil of the Air Handling Unit (AHU) when the ASHP was unable to. The system would heat less efficiently with the boiler rather than in its heat pump mode (as th...