Thermal breaks / Guides

Concrete floors and timber frame as thermal mass
Efficient home design

The pros and cons of thermal mass in buildings

...breaks, it will take longer before your house cools again. The advantages of thermal mass in homes: A lot of thermal mass in a home can help naturally...

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

How to install windows for the best performance and durability

...Thermal bridging and poor quality windows can make it quite unpleasant to be near exterior walls on the really cold days. Thermal bridging due to window pl...

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 bridges), concrete slab junctions at walls and balconies, service openings (structural thermal bridges), and 'penetration' thermal bridges such as metal...

Concept, design and architecture

Building science made easy - video

...thermal bridge in this wall assembly was identified and eliminated in the design phase. Thermal breaks in exterior insulation: It would have been quic...

Efficient home design

Phase change building materials - natural heat storage in buildings

...Thermal Core That said, here's how Thermal Core works - as the air temperature warms the drywall to the melting point of the Micronal beads, they change...

Balanced insulation levels in a home
Efficient home design

Balanced insulation: putting it where it does the most good

...thermal envelope is in terms of window quality . Having an extremely well-insulated wall is great, but if you blew the budget on insulation and had to put in lo...

Triple-glazed, argon-filled windows in the Ecohome Demo House
Windows and doors

Choosing windows - Material options and function

...thermal barrier of rigid foam, polyurethane or wood to improve their thermal performance; aluminum frames are susceptible to water leakage at the joints in the ...

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

Basement renovations: how to prevent mold when retrofitting basements

...breaks the thermal bridge and raises the temperature of the stud wall, which helps prevent moist air from condensing. The stud wall allows for the installation ...

Installing foam panel insulation, which is best?
Insulation and soundproofing

Rigid insulation panels: which ones to use for different applications

...thermal insulation panel - most often with aluminum foil facing. Thermal performance is rated at R6-6.5 per inch, but don't count on that if your winters are co...