Thermal comfort / Discussions

Is it possible to connect greenhouse with the building?

...thermal barrier (less heat in summer, more in winter) and some space to grow plants like tomatoes or herbs. I have read your articles about greenhouses and sola...

Posted by Julia Jedrys March 31, 2020, 6:47 p.m. Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums 1 Responses

Followup to the question How do you install Larsen Trusses on a home in Minneapolis?

...thermal scans of the walls. There doesn’t seem to be excessive settling of the cellulose. I’ve checked the attic in the winter and there was no excess moisture....

Posted by Ken Traefald Feb. 27, 2020, 1:49 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Can I use an old patio door thermal pane as the cover for a solar air heater?

...thermal mass into it you can get more production from your solar panel, as it will act as a thermal battery. here you can see how we installed a solar air heate...

Posted by Fred Miller May 20, 2019, 11:44 a.m. Solar thermal collectors 1 Responses

What is the best way to stop thermal bridging between my ICF walls and my footing?

...thermal bridging into the concrete core of the wall allowing energy stored in the thermal mass to bleed into the soil below If you are looking to eliminate ther...

Posted by Walter van den Broek Sept. 18, 2020, 11:23 a.m. Foundation choices 1 Responses

What is the best way to frame window openings when adding exterior insulation?

...thermal bridging through the rough opening, they are best set inside a bit. You can see a thermal image of heat loss through windows on this page. And have yo...

Posted by Anwas Qwelten May 30, 2019, 8:16 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

What is the most comfortable heating system for a home?

...comfort in homes - How to design a home for thermal comfort Are you in an older house? Maybe one that needs but hasn’t had an energy retrofit? For perspecti...

Posted by Catharine Jans Dec. 11, 2017, 11:25 a.m. Heating with electricity 1 Responses

What flooring options work with a passive solar design?

...thermal mass is for maintaining heat during winter months. What about placing a vinyl corked backed flooring over the concrete floor? We are looking to build ...

Posted by Christopher Dunn Feb. 23, 2020, 11:50 a.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

How do you seal up an old fireplace chimney?

...thermal bridging. The chimney would then be benign thermal mass inside the building envelope, and maintain the same temperature as the rest of the conditioned s...

Posted by Gord Nov. 2, 2017, 10:06 a.m. Wood stove and biomass heat 3 Responses

Can you insulate an existing slab on grade floor?

...Comfort-wise those are really your only options along with area rugs, and for saving money long term you may consider upgrading to a heat pump. Note – if you do...

Posted by Patrick Berkeley Dec. 31, 2020, 10:14 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 5 Responses

What is the best type of home heating system?

...comfortable home – How to design a home for thermal comfort You will see on that page how there is a lot more to home comfort that we currently consider, an...

Posted by Jennifer Doll Jan. 20, 2020, 11:59 p.m. Heating and cooling 3 Responses

What is the Kenogami House heating system?

Earlier posts regarding the Kenogami House talked about using a phase change thermal battery, to avoid overheating during sunny winter days that provided too m...

Posted by dean c March 22, 2019, 3:46 p.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

How much insulation should I install underneath my concrete slab in my basement?

...thermal comfort for occupants . In your case as you plan to install a radiant floor, it is even MORE important to insulate it well as you will greatly increas...

Posted by Scott Antonation Sept. 27, 2019, 1:06 a.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

Does hydronic radiant cooling work?

...thermal mass inside the home, so if you invest in a very efficient wall assembly and airtight building envelope, you can often wait out a heat wave (at least on...

Posted by dean c April 30, 2019, 8:01 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 Responses

What is the best heating and cooling system for a slab on grade home?

...comfortable than any other heating system. I would first point you to this page about thermal comfort and performance – How to design a home for thermal comfo...

Posted by Matthew Gioia July 7, 2020, 11:03 p.m. Heating and cooling 3 Responses

Should I replace my geothermal system with a gas boiler?

...thermal heating (closed loop, 6 wells 200 ft deep), triple E argon windows, R50 attic insulation, etc. However, the coax coil in the geothermal system has rus...

Posted by Lawrence Brusnyk Oct. 31, 2018, 8:07 p.m. Heat pumps, geothermal and AC 1 Responses

What windows should you use when trying to build a Passive House?

...thermal comfort , and they are more durable, particularly with wood. The interior surface of triple-pane windows will be warmer than doubles, so less condensati...

Posted by Raoul Lions Jan. 25, 2019, 2:18 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

What is the best way to seal around windows?

I took off the trim around a sliding door during the summer in search of a pesky cricket, I found the cricket but I also found big gaps between window and fram...

Posted by Bryan Squirrell Oct. 8, 2019, 8:53 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

If a passive house is designed well is it worth the extra cost for Low E window coatings?

...thermal comfort . We have a page that explains everything you need to know about window selection, have a read here first - How to choose the best windows for...

Posted by Joe Van Kuren June 7, 2019, 8:37 p.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses