Solar Heating

Easily Add Solar To Tile Roofs with QuickMount PV
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Easily Add Solar To Tile Roofs with QuickMount PV

The maker's QBase Universal Tile Mount works with flat or curved tiles More

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Steam Heat vs. Hydronic Heat

A reader ponders whether to stick with steam or convert to hydronic. More

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Maine Passive House Builder Tweaks His Package

Chris Corson is working on another Passive House — this time, with a more ample budget, and a more complex design. More

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When to Use a Heat-Pump Water Heater

Q: A customer wants me to install one of the new heat-pump water heaters in the ground-floor utility room of a house built on a slab. I don't have any direct experience with them, but since they work by drawing heat from the surrounding air, won't any energy savings in the winter be at least partly offset by the cost of heating that indoor air to begin with? And could the outflow of cool air from the utility room cause comfort problems? More

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Maine Passive House: How Low Can He Go?
Low-E Window Film
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Low-E Window Film

Instead of replacing a sound single-pane window, consider adding Solar Gard Silver... More

Builder's Guide to Windows
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Builder's Guide to Windows

There are more than 100 million homes and approximately 20 billion square feet of... More

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Maine Passive House: Transition Details ~
Building a Simple Passive House
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Building a Simple Passive House

In September 2009 I completed a deep energy retrofit on a small house in Point... More

Hydronic Heating for Low-Load Houses
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Hydronic Heating for Low-Load Houses

With the right hardware and layout, hot-water heating saves energy and makes ideal... More

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