Category: Passive Solar

Air and Water Heat Pumps in Fredericton

An air-to-air heat pump (with electric element backup) was installed as part of the construction of this new home, in 2008. The owner proceeded to add a backup by using a water to refrigerant heat exchanger to improve the efficiency of the system. The addition draws water from their deep well, runs it through the… Read more »

Passive Solar Home in Bristol

This new, passive solar home is built with a South-Southwest orientation, which is best for collecting heat and light from the sun. This home has large, efficient windows (double pane, low e) gathering heat all day, which is trapped by this highly efficient house (lots of insulation and tight building envelope). This makes the home… Read more »

Passive Solar & Masonry Heater in Bocabec

A number of features have been added to the house to make it more efficient, such as the use of strapping (to reduce thermal bridging), putting insulation on the exterior of the concrete foundation (so as to maximize thermal mass), and lots of insulation in the walls and ceiling. The house is also somewhat submerged… Read more »

Passive Solar in St. Andrews

A number of features have been added to the house to make it more efficient, such as the use of strapping (to reduce thermal bridging), insulating foil as a vapour barrier, and lots of insulation in the walls and ceiling. Local materials were used for constructing the house, and no trees were cut down in… Read more »