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

Building science for LEED v4 wall design made easy
Concept and design

Building science for LEED v4 wall design made easy - video

...thermal bridges: When one section of a wall conducts heat much quicker than another, we refer to it as a thermal bridge , and that can greatly reduce the over...

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...

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 bridge, you just trimmed hundreds off of your annual heating bill. Unchecked thermal bridging in a building envelope is like death by a thousand cuts. O...

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 bridges – wood does act as a thermal bridge, but not nearly as much as metal, and with engineered I-joists, at only 5/8ths of an inch, the conductivity ...

Prefab frost-protected shallow foundation insulated form kit
Slab on Grade

Raft slabs - How to build Insulated Frost Protected shallow foundations (FPSF) on problem soils

...thermal battery by storing and releasing heat , which helps balance temperatures in both summer and winter. Such quantities of heated thermal mass inside the ...

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

What is an air barrier?

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

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

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction

...thermal bridge of floor sill plates. Another effective technique can be insetting floor joists from the exterior of the concrete to allow continuous insulatio...

Shipping container home
Architecture and plan design

Are shipping container houses environmentally friendly?

...thermal bridge , robbing you of your hard earned heat. In order to attain a modicum of energy efficiency, you would end up still having to build an entire add...

Interior sheathing as air & vapor barriers in wood frame construction
Air and vapour barriers

Interior sheathing as an air and vapour or vapor barrier

...thermal bridge (R13.4) Vertical strapping (if your cladding requires horizontal strapping, be sure to do a vertical layer first to allow for drainage) Cladd...

Solariums in cold climates won't heat homes unless carefully designed and built
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

Solariums in cold climates won't heat your home

...thermal mass in the room (stone, masonry, brick, etc.) to act as a thermal battery for storing solar heat , varying amounts of heat will be absorbed and stored ...