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 the...

Concept, design and architecture

Building science 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 o...

Balanced insulation levels in a green home
Efficient home design

Balancing insulation: in Green Home Building, 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...

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 t...

Triple pane, high performance windows
Windows and doors

What to look for when 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 ma...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope

...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, perform...

Icicles are an indication of heat loss, which can cause damage to insu
Wall assemblies - renovation

Winter troubleshooting - are you ready for the cold?

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

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....

Passive House in Quebec
Passive House

Passive-Aggressive House

...thermal bridges” such as concrete balconies – like those jutting out of most condos that siphon heat out of the floors all winter long. A super-duper heat ...