Thermal break / Guides

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?

...thermal requirements of building enclosures in many regions, including requiring a thermal break. Contrary to common assumptions, the insulation values in bui...

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

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction

...break between footing and foundation © Delta Capillary break: Footings are not protected from moisture at the bottom, the inclusion of a capillary bre...

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

How insulation works

...thermal bridge', and preventing it is known as a 'thermal break'. Heat loss through thermal bridging When we mentioned at the beginning that these facto...

Solar thermal collectors

All about solar thermal collectors

...thermal solar is useful, so we will outline the options. Evacuated tube solar thermal collectors: Solar thermal collector © Viessmann This is the most...

Passive solar house design
Passive solar home design

Passive solar home design

Homes heated by the sun's free heat! Passive Solar Houses are aptly named because there are no wires, panels or batteries and nothing to break down. It's jus...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...thermal performance as of 2012, it is now required in most areas that you break thermal bridges with some form of continuous insulation. With that, performanc...

Solar thermal collectors

Product of the month: Solar water heater with overheating protection

...thermal heat collection . Purchase: You can purchase individual solar components separately, but buying a pre-engineered solar thermal package can make more...

How to Insulate Exterior Walls from the Outside US Canada Ecohome
Walls and Roofs

The easiest way to insulate walls from the exterior in older homes

...thermal spacers such as Armatherm Z Girt available, pictured below. Fiberglass spacers break thermal bridges when attaching exterior insulation Also, ...

Correctly installed Triple pane south facing windows on Ecohome's Demo House
Windows and doors

Installing doors & windows for the best performance in high efficiency homes, LEED & Passive House

...Thermal bridging and poor quality windows can make it quite unpleasant to be near exterior walls on the really cold days. How window placement effects therm...

The high performance almost ZNE Warburg house by bioi - built for under $100,00
Efficient home design

A High Performance Home on a Shoe String Budget (Almost ZNE!)

...thermal bridging. The simple form creates a singular interior volume. The exterior skin is draped in black corrugated steel sheets long enough to extend the ful...

Air barriers are essential to a properly functioning wall system
Air and vapour barriers

What is an air barrier?

...break the thermal bridge at each stud. And when joints are taped it makes an excellent air barrier. Excel II sheathing © BP Canada There are many produc...