Earth Bermed – ICF – Passive Solar House Video.wmv

This video shows a newly built passive solar house in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Three bedrooms, one bath, bungalow on slab, 1218 square feet. Earth bermed on West/North side, oriented front to South for solar gain, and ICF (insulated concreted foundation up to rafters), and steel roof. Also have a Greentek HVR system in place for Ventilating http://www.greentek.ca/greentek_ventilationhrverv.cfm?c=408
Building a Passive Solar House on Kindle http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008TAFOZE available in paperback see www.simplifyandsave.ca website gives more details on the build with architect drawings and costs.

In winter example -Today was -1C or 25F outside and inside early morning it is 65F or 16C.

More on ICF and Passive Solar
http://www.greenbuildingtalk.com/Forums/tabid/53/aff/4/aft/36973/afv/topic/Default.aspx with study included in the discussion.
And a Passivhaus website noting the value of ICF http://www.wolf-thermomodule.de/en/passivhaus.php
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20 Responses to Earth Bermed – ICF – Passive Solar House Video.wmv

  1. Homesteading Canada says:

    I love your house!

  2. Kurt Cooper says:

    the down side to having the concrete floor as part of your solar mass is that your back will in time suffer from years of walking on such a hard surface mostly without any or proper shoes. I would prefer a natural wood with insulation underneath.

  3. mobymagg says:

    I couldn't watch all of this because of the camera motion. Thanks for making it, anyway.

  4. Sanjoy Roy says:

    Thank you for sharing the video. It will really help people who are interested in building passive solar house. Can you please share your opinion based on your experience living in this house for some times:

    1. What works best.
    2. What does not work as expected.
    3. Which decisions you should have taken differently if you build it now.

  5. Simplify And Save says:

    For house savings view the slideshare.net presentation. http://www.slideshare.net/traceyallenpei/passive-solar-house-presentation

    Note: The DIY flooring is starting to show wear, so suggest going with a professional to install the polished concrete. We will have the floor re-done this coming summer.

  6. Simplify And Save says:

    Last winter or 2012-2013 we used a little less than 2 cords of wood for back up heat and it looks like this winter will be similar even though it has been colder.  The earth berming is definitely an advantage from an insulation and natural geothermal point of view.  The average temperature in our house all summer is 70F and in the winter when we get up early is around the 60F mark if the sun is shining it is easily 90F by 1pm.  We love it and found it saved us $3,200/year in heating costs  Our hot water is electric and we spend about $80/month on total electricity at .1241 cents kwh with $30 service fee.

  7. noviceprepper53 says:

    thank you

  8. Bradley Jeremy L. says:

    Green energy -Newton was wrong granted, all who show machines with no plans =fake all who have plans and (of course) no machine fake this one has video, math in description and all specs measured in front of you in the film and no money it is free information all on the video and a 16 year old could build it ABOUTSOLARCELLS.COMXA.COM

  9. Simplify And Save says:

    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.

  10. latitude500 says:

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

  11. Simplify And Save says:

    We purchased stain and coating and did it all the labour ourselves. 🙂

  12. TheSnorkasaurus says:

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

  13. Simplify And Save says:

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

  14. trybal007 says:

    My home is almost identical! Have a look. It's not finished though. 🙂

  15. Simplify And Save says:

    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! 🙂

  16. Schpankme Verimuch says:

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

  17. Simplify And Save says:

    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.

  18. Schpankme Verimuch says:

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

  19. Simplify And Save says:

    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.

  20. Schpankme Verimuch says:

    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?

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