Thermal performance / Discussions

Are Insulated Concrete Forms and Gigacrete panels good?

...thermal protection to meet Passive House performance requirements, that's likely contributing factor as to why you don't see as many. What manufacturers usually...

Posted by Dallin Sumpter Feb. 21, 2019, 2:46 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 5 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?

Assuming the windows are appropriately facing south and the entire design is sound with thermal mass and good overhangs would double or triple glaze Argon fill...

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

Can you elevate a slab on grade foundation?

...performance, but also because the house is seated on expansive soils, so a frost wall and footing would have required significant soil remediation. A raft slab ...

Posted by Raoul Lions July 27, 2019, 2:47 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 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 best to insulate metal structures for all seasons?

...performance you intended. Here is a page that will explain it and help you find an easy solution - How to Prevent Thermal Bridging in Homes and Save Energy ...

Posted by Morgan Aldridge Jan. 19, 2019, 1:53 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

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

...thermal conductance, transmittance, solar gain, etc.) Eliminating thermal bridging Efficient lighting Efficient appliances Solar panels Geothermal hea...

Posted by M T Nov. 4, 2019, 11:07 a.m. Concept and design 2 Responses

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

...performance from your windows and to reduce thermal bridging through the rough opening, they are best set inside a bit. You can see a thermal image of heat loss...

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

What do you think of insulated T Studs in Canada?

...thermal bridges in wall assemblies and improve the overall thermal performance of a home as well an increase home durability, which is what happens when you bui...

Posted by Lee Watt June 3, 2019, 10:57 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

Have you heard of Gigacrete and is it any good?

...thermal bridging from the steel ? It seems decent for a desert climate like Vegas, but not sure how it would fare elsewhere. Not to mention that from a cursor...

Posted by Sasha P Aug. 29, 2019, 4:21 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

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

...thermal mass in homes here. “Warmboard provides the fastest response” Yes, a lack of thermal mass would mean it provides a quicker response. Is that a good th...

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

Combo structural sheathing, WRB and thin insulation panel in Ontario?

...thermal performance is a good idea as well. And a very important caveat - you need to choose the right products and install in them in the right place. We hav...

Posted by Steve Bull Jan. 14, 2020, 6:06 p.m. Walls and Roofs 1 Responses

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

...performance, they result in increased thermal comfort , and they are more durable, particularly with wood. The interior surface of triple-pane windows will be w...

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

What type of Insulation can I use on the exterior of my home?

...thermal protection at all. A 1920s home would not have been built with an interior vapor barrier , but as it likely has multiple coats of oil paint by now it ...

Posted by Scott Muller April 18, 2019, 2:19 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 6 Responses

When I use my stove hood I get smoke odours in my home, is that due to negative pressure and how do I fix it?

...thermal performance and air tightness. Depressurizing a home is a greater concern with newly built and very airtight houses, even with ventilation fans than r...

Posted by Anonymous Dec. 11, 2017, 12:37 p.m. Healthy indoor air quality 1 Responses

What is the right amount of insulation for a house?

...performance goals. There's a catch 22 for ya! And we have exactly the place for you to start, it's a Passive House that I was involved wi in the design phase an...

Posted by Ryan Gerbrandt Feb. 11, 2019, 9:57 a.m. Passive solar home design 4 Responses