Thermal mass / Discussions

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

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

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 2 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

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

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

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

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 still under construction and not expected to be finished for a cou...

Posted by dean c April 30, 2019, 7:58 p.m. Solar thermal collectors 2 Responses