Home heat loss / Guides

Windows and doors

How to install windows

...heat gain and reduce energy demand during operation. Choosing higher quality windows on all sides of your home will mean reduced heat loss over a poorer quality...

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Balanced insulation levels in a home
Efficient home design

Balanced insulation: 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 fr...

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Basement wall insulation
Insulation and soundproofing

How much insulation does a basement need?

...heat loss through your foundation walls, as heat moves more easily through some materials than others. Heat will be drawn from your home much quicker throu...

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Hydro towers
Heating with electricity

Heating with electricity

...heat, but energy is also required to distribute that heat throughout your home. Heat loss can occur through ducts in spaces that you don't intend to heat, furth...

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Thermal image showing where home heat loss is occurring.
Insulation and soundproofing

How insulation works

...heating and cooling, and in some respects, how durable it will be. The transfer of heat (or heat loss) occurs in 3 ways: conduction , convection and radiat...

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Off-grid home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Thinking about renewable home energy and a battery backup?

...home operation, the biggest risk to home comfort and security in a power outage is not being able to heat your home. Lighting with candles and eating a cold din...

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Mitsubishi Mr.Slim heat pump
Hot water

Increased efficiency with heat pumps working in tandem

...heat loss, but they also reduce heat gain. By sacrificing that 30% of the insulation value on the south side, we were able to increase the amount of passive hea...

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

Radiant heat in a slab-on-grade floor - video

...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...

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Concrete floors and timber frame as thermal mass
Efficient home design

The pros and cons of thermal mass in buildings

...heat up again as the thermal mass in the home slowly recharges with heat. If you have timers or control your heating system with your smart phone (yes this...

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PSI

Case Study: Kenogami House, Saguenay, Quebec

...Home of the Year Awards from Green Builder Media® This is a passively heated 1,950 net square feet, 3 bedroom home rated at 15 kWh per square meter per yea...

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Exterior air barrier membrane © Ecohome
Understanding air and vapour barriers

How to install an air barrier for reduced air leakage

...home. Air leakage can be responsible for up to 1/3 of the total heat loss of a home and cause significant moisture damage in walls, as one small hole can be res...

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