Basement heat loss / Guides

Basement wall insulation
Insulation and soundproofing

Properly insulating basements and concrete slab floors

...basement heat loss accounted for about 1/3 of the total heat loss of a house. It is likely that such an abysmal starting place made the addition of any insulati...

Balanced insulation levels in a green home
Efficient home design

Insulation in Green Home Building, a balanced approach to putting it where it does the most good

...heat loss: Yes, a bit more heat is lost through the ceiling than the walls, but not nearly as much as much as you might think. The rate of heat loss from an...

Exterior damp proofing and drainage mat to protect basements from wate
Insulation and soundproofing

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction

...heat. Thermal image of basement insulation and heat loss © Ecohome Exterior basement insulation is less common, probably due to the fa...

Radiant floor heat in a bathroom
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

DIY radiant floor installation

...heat loss. Contrary to common beliefs, heat does not rise. Warm air rises, but heat goes everywhere. You need only pick up a hot coffee in a ceramic mug to answ...

Energy modeling simulation of heat loss through thermal bridging
Efficient home design

What is a thermal bridge and why is it so important to break it?

...heat loss and the higher bills that come with it, it is about comfort and quality of life. On really cold days it can make being too close to walls quite unplea...

Off grid, passively heated and cooled house in the Gatineau Hills, Que
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off grid and passively heated, this house in Low, Quebec is aiming for LEED certification

...heating and cooling - invest in really good windows, face as many of them south as you can to gain heat, and install heavy duty insulation to keep that free hea...

Rendering of the Ecohome demonstration house
Efficient home design

Ecohome Demo House: High performance, affordable cost

...heat loss rather than complex and expensive heating systems and the utility bills that come with them. When a design team focuses on heat retention rather tha...

Better Basement Design on basement walls prevents mold and midlew
Healthy indoor air quality

Basement renovations: How to prevent mold when finishing basements

...Basements don't have to be moldy, that is the first thing to realize. It's easy to build a basement better, or to finish an existing basement correctly , we j...

Yukon's first LEED certified home
LEED Homes

The Yukon's First LEED Certified Home

...basement. Like all semi-detached duplexes, a shared wall significantly reduces heat loss and on top of that this home has walls insulated to R-60 and the ceilin...

How radiant floors work
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

How to design for thermal comfort in a home

...loss of about 100 W. The net loss you experience will vary depending on the thermal performance of the home . If you have cold walls and windows, heat radiating...

Ecohome's Kenogami House 'The Most Resilient Home in North America'
Concept and design

Resilient design features for new home construction

...heaters: large stone masonry heaters are very expensive, but they are a very efficient way to heat with wood. While a wood stove provides heat primarily when bu...