Radiant Heating

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Solar Radiant Heated Floor Slab Kit

Solar heated radiant floor with radiant heated hot water for a site with problem soil - expansive clay

Ecohome’s new demo house will be a slab on grade with Solar radiant floor heating powered by air tubes heated with air solar panels - Ingenious! Ideal for boosting Passive House heating in cold climate zones. EcoHome is in the process of building our next demonstration low-energy house, and to do so we have partnered…

Insulated Radiant Floor ICF Foam Forms Heated with Air

Air-heated radiant floor slab foam forming systems

A comeback for foam radiant floor ICF forms heated with air tubes. Radiant heating systems are very common in concrete floors now because they provide a very balanced and comfortable distribution of heat. Those systems are most commonly hydronic, meaning heated liquid is pumped through tubing in the concrete which the…

How radiant floors work

How to design for thermal comfort in a home

Why are some homes more comfortable than others? Learn about how to design a home for human comfort, which also makes for a more durable and efficient home. Have you ever noticed that at times you can feel cold in your home even though the air temperature is exactly where you like to keep it? That's because, contrary…

Radiant floor heat in a bathroom

DIY radiant floor installation

Radiant heated floors add comfort to a home and can help you heat more efficiently. There is some debate in performance building circles, particularly in the Passive House community as to whether or not you can add enough insulation below a concrete floor to eliminate the need for heating it. We have been on the fenc…

Radiant floor tube installation

DIY radiant floor tubing installation video

Installing a hydronic radiant floor system in a slab-on-grade floor. Here is our DIY video of  how to lay down tubing for our radiant floor in the Edelweiss House. We have a 10 zone system, allowing floor temperatures in each room to be controlled independently. HePex tubing was provided by Uponor, who also use build…

Hydronic heating system

Hydronic heating

Hydronic heating systems involve heated liquid being pumped through radiators, baseboard heaters, floors or even walls. Similar to electric baseboards, hydronic heating systems facilitate zone heating as you can keep different rooms at different temperatures. Though different from electric resistance heating, hydronic…

Prefab LEED Passive House Kit Homes the Future of House Building?

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of home building?

Prefab homes make choosing an Architect designed LEED or Passive House high performance house design easy. All the important choices of non-toxic Sustainable materials have been made, add a building lot & in a few months you're home & dry (& warm!). Prefab Home kits are ideal for Passive House or LEED certified homes …

Prefab Passive House & LEED Kit Homes for Sale in Ontario & North Eastern US

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of buying a new home?

Prefab homes make choosing an Architect designed LEED or Passive House high performance house design easy. All the important choices of non-toxic Sustainable materials have been made, add a building lot & in a few months you're home & dry (& warm!). Prefab Home kits are ideal for Passive House or LEED certified homes …

Affordable Modern Prefab Eco Homes Available - The S1600

The S1600 - affordable modern prefab eco homes for families

The S1600 Modern prefab kit eco home provides a Stylish & Affordable green home for young families looking for great Value, Comfort & Healthier Living. Affordable prefab eco homes are a growing green home building trend across the US and Canada, as you may have already seen on our pages or in the press. Economies of s…

Prefab frost-protected shallow foundation insulated form kit

Raft slabs - How to build Insulated Frost Protected shallow foundations (FPSF) on problem soils

How to build on sites with expansive soils, high water tables and poor bearing capacity, and to build a frost protected shallow foundation easily in cold climates. The soil conditions of some building sites are not suitable for a slab-on-grade foundation with a thickened-edge footing without first beginning with exten…

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?

Should I Build on a Slab on Grade Foundation or a Crawl Space?

One of the first decisions when building a home is what type of foundations to sit your home on - cold-climates, termites, problem expansive clay soils, insulation & vapor & radon barriers all need to be considered. What is the difference between a slab on grade and a crawl space? A slab on grade, or ‘frost protected…

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