Thermal bridges / 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...

Slab on Grade

Finishing the exterior of an insulated slab-on-grade floor

...thermal bridging. What we decided on was plastic straps that passed through the cement board and that were anchored in the concrete. It did hold as planned, t...

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...

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 insulating qualities. How to avoid thermal bridges when fixing exterior wall insulation in place For insulation to work properly on exterior walls a...

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...

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

How to design for thermal comfort in a home

...thermal bridges , and how much insulation a basement needs . The Ecohome Green Building Guide Pages have all the information you need to build healthy, energy-e...

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...

How to choose Triple pane, high performance windows
Windows and doors

The best tips for buying windows

...thermal bridges lowers the risk of condensation, which in turn ensures longer life for the product and smaller energy bills. • Consider also that if you maint...

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...

Top Tips for Getting a House Ready for Winter
Wall assemblies - renovation

Winter preparation for your home - are you ready for the cold?

...thermal bridges through wood framing , poorly installed insulation, or even the complete absence of insulation in some spots. Some insulation materials can sett...

Poly vapour barriers in air conditioned houses can cause mold and rot
Healthy indoor air quality

Why you should Never Install Air-Con in a Home with a Vapor Barrier

...thermal bridges in framing puts the paper surface of drywall at a severe risk of condensation in winter. Even old mold with no teeth can eat paper. - J.L. ...