Passive Solar Home – Nelson, BC

If there’s one thing Nelson, British Columbia is known for, it’s snow. Every year thousands of skiers and snowboarders flock to Nelson, located in interior BC, to get a dose of the areas famous fresh powder.

However, along with epic snow comes freezing temperatures. During the winter season, Nelson typically averages a low of 12 degrees Fahrenheit (-5 degrees Celsius) and a high of 41 degrees Fahrenheit (5 degrees Celsius.) When combined with the humidity the area usually receives in the winter months, these already freezing temperatures can feel significantly cooler.

Our customer took this into account when designing his Nelson-area home. The homeowner wanted to get the most out of the location and climate without spending a fortunate on heating. With this in mind, a passive solar home was designed and constructed. This type of home is designed to harness, store and distribute solar energy in the winter to heat the home without the use of mechanical or electrical devices.

However, with average lows hovering around 12 degrees Fahrenheit, a little more was needed to take the bite out of the chilly air. Ultimately we determined our Prestyl Heating Panels would be a great way to add heat to this home. They transfer sun-like-warmth directly to people and objects and are zone-controlled, which allows the user to heat only the spaces they are using. Ultimately what this means is you can increase your comfort while decreasing your heating costs: A perfect solution for an environmentally-conscious/budget-conscious homeowner in a ski town.

4 thoughts on “Passive Solar Home – Nelson, BC”

  1. Hi Jay, I can’t speak for these homeowners. But generally speaking in our industry no news is good news! When it comes to comparing floor heating it would depend on the application. There are a few different types of floor heating. With infrared radiant heating, the heat is distributed in a similar way light radiates outwards and bounces off objects, i.e. walls and furniture.

  2. I currently live in Steamboat Springs, CO and want to convert my 4000 square foot home from electric baseboard to radiant infrared and I’m curious how the family who built the home in BC like the system. I also live in a ski town and I’m curious how it would compare in a cold climate to in floor heating.



  3. Hello George,

    My apologies for not seeing this post. In short, you need to be able to run wiring from point A to point B in order to install the heater(s) and thermostat(s). Please contact us via phone or email as well.

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