Designing for Wood Heat With Backup
I’m in the first stages of designing a home that I’m hoping will be off-grid in the mountains. I’ve got good southern exposure for solar. The issue is heat – I will usually be using wood, but would like to have some backup. I don’t want to overbuild the solar PV, but my thought was, if I do a very tight envelope (SIPs and ICF) with an HRV, would that be sufficient perhaps with some good passive solar to keep things at a non-freezing temperature? Not a huge house, probably 1,800 sqft or so.
Also, does anyone know of a good source of green build house plans I could build from?
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