passive solar buildings -Earth Bermed – ICF – Passive Solar House Video.wmv

May 22, 2013 – 9:23 am

** This video shows a passive solar house of new construction in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Three bedrooms, one bathroom, bungalow on the plate, 1,218 square meters. Earth berms … Video Rating: 4 / 5

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  1. 16 Responses to “passive solar buildings -Earth Bermed – ICF – Passive Solar House Video.wmv”

  2. Thank you – we definitely are happy we added them. If we didn’t have them we would need to use lights even in the day time. Now the hall and bathroom are always lit up in the daytime….with no electricity.

    By tallenconsultingpei on May 22, 2013

  3. I love solar tubes what a great add on for your house.

    By latitude500 on May 22, 2013

  4. We purchased stain and coating and did it all the labour ourselves. :-)

    By tallenconsultingpei on May 22, 2013

  5. How did you get 1218 sq. feet of concrete flooring polished for $200?

    By TheSnorkasaurus on May 22, 2013

  6. That is wonderful – please post when you have a video up of your house, love to see it.

    By tallenconsultingpei on May 22, 2013

  7. My home is almost identical! Have a look. It’s not finished though. :)

    By trybal007 on May 22, 2013

  8. Here is another view via Greenbuildingtalk and Passivhaus both note the value of ICF. I think it has more to do with thermal bridging than thermal mass, but I’m an owner not an expert…I will say that it works! :-)

    By tallenconsultingpei on May 22, 2013

  9. Of course, experts within the corporation would know best; thx for the information and good luck on your book sales.

    By Schpankme Verimuch on May 22, 2013

  10. I’ll go with the experts on it as I’m sure they tested it to make that statement and proof in the pudding….ICF or Nudura is working great for us…with low thermal conductivity as mentioned in their quote above.

    By tallenconsultingpei on May 22, 2013

  11. Concrete can provide high Thermal Mass storage: Insulating the interior wall prevents thermal conductivity of concrete walls.

    By Schpankme Verimuch on May 22, 2013

  12. Thank you for the good question and one that we have been asked before – here is the answer via our ICF supplier Nudura
    “NUDURA ICF Concrete walls have a high storage capacity with low thermal conductivity, it provides the most useful level of Thermal Mass. This helps to stabilize the internal temperature from day to night temperature fluctuations.”

    Also our concrete floors (no infloor heating just sun to heat the floor) provide a release of heat at night, and we have insulated curtains.

    By tallenconsultingpei on May 22, 2013

  13. Other than heat-gain through the Windows; how is your Passive Solar House heating your home passively at night; when both sides of the Thermal Mass (outside walls) are covered in Foam?

    By Schpankme Verimuch on May 22, 2013

  14. Hi Hamp – we found the house was excellent in the summer – we were asked several times if we had an air conditioner….which we don’t! enjoy the book, I wrote it exactly to help people understand how simple solar is – no real tech talk and from an owner view point which seemed to be missing out there. All the best, if you decide to build.

    By tallenconsultingpei on May 22, 2013

  15. Tracey, Very Nice! I’d like to build this type of home in SE TN (very hot & humid, but lots of sun). I bought your ebook & am now reading (& learning). Thanks for taking the time to create the ebook for us newbies! I love the way y’all say out, about & house :-)

    By Hamp Repper on May 22, 2013

  16. We love the house. The lowest temperature so far has been 60F/15C (usually in the early morning)without any heat but passive solar. We have used a little wood when the sun isn’t shining, especially if we have a few days of cloud over in a row. We haven’t used one full cord of wood yet (around 1/2 cord at the moment). When the sun comes out this time of year it heats up amazingly fast. So by noon it can be 90F/32C we usually open a window. Summer was a constant 70F/21C 

    By tallenconsultingpei on May 22, 2013

  17. Hello, just wondering how you are doing in your passive solar house, now in January 2013? Thinking about building a passive solar in Millvale, PEI,

    By Heidi Litke on May 22, 2013

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