Mean radiant temperature / Guides

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 temp...

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? ...

Air-heated radiant concrete floor
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

Air-heated radiant floors

...meaning heated liquid is pumped through tubing in the concrete which then radiates that heat into the house. Hydronic radiant tubing for...

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

How to design for thermal comfort in a home

...temperature, which considers air temperature, mean radiant temperature and air speed. I've never seen such a device in a home but apparently they are available ...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...temperatures. Since this creates additional floor area underground, it is a natural desire to claim that space, and so born is the basement rec room or man-cave...

Exterior damp proofing and drainage mat to protect basements from wate
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 rel...

How much is Too Much Insulation in my Attic or Walls?
Insulation and soundproofing

Diminishing returns on insulation. How much insulation is too much?

...meaning an estimated ideal level of insulation given. The laws of diminishing returns means that there is a point where it best to stop insulating homes and sta...