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. Since you are building this yourself I assume you h...

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

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

Is it possible to reconcile installing a wood stove in a airtight, super-insulated house?

...comfort it would provide. However, the thought of punching a 2 sq ft uninsulated hole through the roof with a steel column running up through the centre is tr...

Posted by rick seward Dec. 23, 2018, 2:49 p.m. Wood stove and biomass heat 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

I want to insulate the outside of my house, which type of insulation do you think is best?

...thermal comfort that would be a good read for you, and this page about ' how insulation works ' will explain how something can provide thermal resistance withou...

Posted by Joe F Nov. 15, 2017, 10:34 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 7 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

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 are the options for radiant heat with a slab on grade?

...comfortable , and there are really only minimal differences between the comfort that different systems will deliver. I would base my choice of systems mostly on...

Posted by August Wehrmann Feb. 3, 2019, 6:52 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 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 would you say is the most comfortable heating system for a home?

...comfortable due to the thermal comfort explanation above. But a retrofit heating system replacement may be a very costly undertaking unless you were planning to...

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

How do you know when its time to replace windows?

...thermal units of the window (that’s the glass part) will degrade over time so it is possible that they are leaking a bit of air. You may be able to take care of...

Posted by Ted Dec. 11, 2017, 12:50 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

Can I add Larsen Trusses and cellulose to 1920s House in Minneapolis?

...thermal scans of the walls. There doesn't seem to be any excesses settling of the cellulose. I've checked the attic in the winter and there was no excess moistu...

Posted by Ken Traefald Feb. 17, 2020, 2:30 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 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

What is the best type of 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