Fredericton is fourth in Canadian solar climate rankings, so it is an excellent place for passive solar homes. Living in a regular home in Fredericton we did not realize how many sunny days there were. Now that we live in a passive solar home we realize and appreciate how blessed Fredericton is with sun during the coldest times of the year. It is in the winter that the sun is lowest in the sky, penetrating deeply into homes to provide passive solar heating. All that we need to do is plan and construct homes to take advantage of this free heat. The top five solar climate rankings in Canada are: Saint John, NB., Victoria, BC., Halifax, NS., Fredericton, NB., Yarmouth, NS. (Taken from Solar Nova Scotia's, Maritime Solar Shelter Manual) The ranking is based upon the amount of sunshine combined with local temperature conditions.
Well i haven't really kept up with the posting of information or pictures on the site. I'll blame it on being busy working on the house and making it happen! That and a busy young family. But Good News we have passed with flying colors i might add our first Blower Door Test!!!! the Canadian R2000 standard set's the Bar at 1.5 Air changed per Hour at a 50 pascal pressure difference, The passive house standard is much more strict. at 0.60 ACH@50 we have come in at 0.17 ACH@50!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! so exciting this makes our goal of heating the house with just using the Fresh air supply of the HRV! one step closer,
Next thing on the list of herdles to Passive House Certification is to calculate our thermal bridges, and we hope that once those are all tallied up we will be below our heating load mark of being able to heat with just the fresh air feed of the HRV.
Hi all, Well we are gearing up to dig our foundation, it has been a busy time getting our windows ordered. We have brought on a new sponsor with True Foam, we got our septic approval which led way to getting our building permit. so off we go to the races. WE DIG Tomorrow, Monday Oct 3rd 2011!!!!!!!!
After much debate, we are not only going to try and achieve the Passive House Standard, but also try get our heating load per square meter down to the amount that is deliverable through the HRV system. (8.9W/M2, the Passive House standard is 15W/M2) making this house the first house (that we know of) in Atlantic Canada, possibly Canada without the need for any conventional heating system!!! whether we reach the goal will require us to weigh all the options, and make each choice in the house very carefully.
A typically constructed North American House has heating needs of roughly 150W/M2 while the average R2000 construction has a heat loads of roughly 90W/m2 so as you see getting it down to below 15W/m2 is a challenge in the first place.
We are very excited as we pursue our goal of building the first certified passive house in New Brunswick and among the first in Canada.
Here we go.
Well it's finally here, the passive house build that has been a year in the making is finally getting ready to break ground. all the details are being Ironed out and content will soon be flowing here. so check for updates, we hope to keep the photo's and information all up to date as we go through the construction process.