Mean radiant temperature / Guides

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

How to design for thermal comfort in a home

...mean radiant temperature), which is a measure expressing the influence of surface temperatures on occupant comfort. An even more functional measure of thermal comfort in a building would be the operative temperature, which considers air temperature, mean radiant temperature and air speed. I've never seen such a devic...

Concrete floors and timber frame as thermal mass
Efficient home design

The pros and cons of thermal mass in buildings

...mean radiant temperature (MRT) . In simpler terms - if the temperatures of the surfaces in your home (walls, windows, floors) are below that of your body temperature, you will conduct and radiate heat towards them and feel cooler. If they are warmer than your body temperature, they will conduct and radiate heat towar...

Insulated Radiant Floor ICF Foam Forms Heated with Air
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

Air-heated radiant floor slab foam forming systems

...meaning heated liquid is pumped through tubing in the concrete which then radiates that heat into the house. Hydronic radiant tubing for a slab-on-grade floor © Ecohome You can see a Video Guide on How to Install Hydronic Radiant Heated Floor Tubing HERE Alternatively, you can heat...

Solar panels power the Kenogami House in Saguenay, Quebec
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

The Kenogami House: Energy systems in Net Zero Energy Home Design

...temperature' radiant floor which operates with a water temperature of between 40 and 45°C. The coupling of a condensing boiler with a radiant floor is in this case a particularly good match, as a condensing boiler is more effective when producing water at lower temperatures than standard radiators (65–70°C), precisel...

Thermal batteries for passive solar design
Efficient home design

Thermal batteries: how to passively store heat

...temperature will stay constant. Once the phase change is complete, the material will begin to change temperature again. So what does that mean in real terms? It means that in order to melt water, wax, metal, rock or whatever, you need to feed it a ton of energy. but the temperature doesn’t change while you are doing ...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...radiant floor heating, which offers a very balanced and comfortable environment, transforming the concrete mass into one big radiator. One of the great advantages of radiant floor heat is that the further you get from anything radiating heat (imagine a woodstove), the cooler it gets. So heat is concentrated at ground...

How to insulate basements properly
Insulation and soundproofing

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction

...mean moisture will migrate inwards. Mineral wool is not harmed by moisture, but there may be additional heating and coolling loads inccured by having higher relative humidity levels. Basement dehumidifiers can help keep keep humidity levels manageable. Please see our page on retrofitting existing basements . ...