Thermal mass / Discussions

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

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

...thermal mass and good overhangs would double or triple glaze Argon filled windows be appropriate without the Low E coating? The Low E coating does reduce the so...

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

How do you calculate window height and location for passive solar heating?

...thermal mass walls. I.e if the sun only reaches 2 metres into the living space, then is there a point in placing thermal mass 5 metres into the living space ? ...

Posted by Daniel Gardener Sept. 12, 2019, 8:54 a.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

How do you create a slab on grade on a slope?

...thermal mass for catching winter sun rays in this situation? Could we potentially have 4 foot deep thermal mass on the southern side of the house half way throu...

Posted by Adrienne Rayna June 30, 2020, 3:58 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 3 Responses

Can you put a fireplace in a hyper sealed plastic wrapped A rated home?

...thermal mass couch in my new passive solar home. if I have A hyper sealed, plastic wrapped A rated home and a fireplace or even an exhaust fan. Then isn't it th...

Posted by Kerry Forides Sept. 24, 2020, 2:46 a.m. Wood stove and biomass heat 2 Responses

How do you build an air heated concrete slab?

...thermal) mass is below the airspace or between the airspace and the tile? Thanks for any advice you may have!

Posted by Matt Wisniewski Dec. 27, 2020, 6:27 p.m. Passive solar home design 0 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

What are the most cost-effective green building strategies in new home construction?

...thermal is worth it for homes Adding thermal mass – that depends on your lifestyle, there are ups and downs to it but personally I like it. Thermal mass in ho...

Posted by M T Nov. 4, 2019, 11:07 a.m. Concept and design 3 Responses

Is hydronic slab heat appropriate in a super insulated home?

...thermal mass. We are planning to utilize a Sanden air-to-water heat pump for domestic hot water and hydronic heat. I'm inclined to have the hydronic heat instal...

Posted by Andrew Wright Feb. 3, 2021, 3:26 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 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 heat an off grid home?

...thermal mass passive solar house I'm building on California's Mendocino coast. I'm leaning toward using an oversized PV solar array to run a heat pump to store ...

Posted by Michelle Nason Aug. 8, 2018, 1:48 p.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 3 Responses

Can south facing windows and glass doors, double glazed, be used to collect passive solar heat?

...thermal mass in the path of the sun to absorb the heat so it can later be released as the temperatures drops. If your house is built and your windows are in pla...

Posted by Sue Whall June 5, 2020, 8:13 a.m. Passive solar home design 2 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?

...mass radiant heating panel”. While it is obviously true that it is low-mass, I wouldn’t necessarily consider it an advantage. A lack of thermal mass means the...

Posted by August Wehrmann Feb. 3, 2019, 6:52 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 Responses

Are there any updates on the progress of the second demonstration house?

I am most curious about the effectiveness of the air tube floor heating system. The house is now standing, it is the first house built of our new prefab modula...

Posted by dean c April 30, 2019, 7:58 p.m. Solar thermal collectors 2 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 help with passive solar greenhouse exterior wall details?

...thermal mass . I would say your first step is to check out our page on building greenhouses – How to build a greenhouse in a cold climate Finding a way to s...

Posted by Rick Carter Aug. 11, 2020, 8:06 a.m. Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums 1 Responses

Will I save energy by lowering my thermostat at night?

...thermal mass inside the building enclosure. Lowering thermostats at night made a lot of sense 40 + years ago when homes were poorly-insulated and sometimes no...

Posted by Ryan Peterson May 1, 2018, 11:51 a.m. Heating and cooling 4 Responses