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Celsius Solar Igloo
Solar thermal collectors

Celsius: The solar heated igloo!

On display at Igloofest in Montreal, the Celsius solar igloo is an artistic demonstration of solar heating.

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Ssolar air heater
Solar thermal collectors

All about solar air heaters - DIY or purchased

Solar air heaters are fairly easy to make or affordable to buy and offer a quick payback.

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Solar thermal collectors

All about solar thermal collectors

Choosing the right solar thermal water heater system

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Thermal batteries for passive solar design
Efficient home design

Thermal batteries: how to passively store heat

Just as a regular battery stores electrical energy, a thermal battery stores heat. Solar heat can be collected, stored and distributed later as needed.

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Passive solar home design
Passive solar home design

Passive solar home design

With a southern orientation and well placed windows, passive solar homes can potentially reduce heating requirements by an easy 25% without adding any cost.

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Photovoltaic solar panels
Renewable energy

Solar heating and energy generation

It has been estimated that the sun provides as much energy in 15 minutes as humans use in a year. By taking advantage of that with heating and electrical gen...

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Triple-glazed, argon-filled windows in the Ecohome Demo House
Windows and doors

Choosing windows - Material options and function

The energy efficiency of your home is greatly affected by doors and windows, so choose well. Here are some tips about what to look for and what to avoid.

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B.C.’s First Passive House
Passive House

B.C.’s First Passive House Opens Its Doors for Public Viewing on Saturday, April 14, 2012.

The first home in British Columbia to meet international Passive House Standards will also double as affordable housing for Whistler families, proving that b...

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Solar thermal collectors

Product of the month: Solar water heater with overheating protection

The flat plate solar thermal collector from Viessmann has a modulating collector to prevent overheating.

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Archetype Sustainable House at the Living City Campus
Heating and cooling

Heat pumps: Ground source or air source, which one makes more sense?

Comparing the performance of air source and ground source heat pumps at the Living City Campus Archetype Sustainable House.

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Professional services

Solariums in cold climates
Greenhouses and solariums

Solariums in cold climates won't heat your home

Solariums and sunrooms in cold climates will not add heat to a homes as commonly thought.

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