Thermal bridging / 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: It is not only sensible to address thermal bridging in construction, it is becoming law. Recent revisions to building codes have increa...

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...

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 Thermal bridging around windows and doors results in loss of energy , cold spots, condensation points and potential wall damage. To demonstra...

Ice dam
Roof assemblies - renovation

What causes ice dams and how to fix them

...thermal bridging problem. What causes ice dams? Thermal bridging through walls: many older homes have insufficient insulation, particularly at junctions w...

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...

Yukon's first LEED certified home
LEED Homes

The Yukon's First LEED Certified Home

...thermal bridging Greywater heat recovery system Electric baseboard heaters (98% of Yukon electricity is renewable) Heating costs are 50% lower than an R20...

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 ...

Basement wall insulation
Insulation and soundproofing

Properly insulating basements and concrete slab floors

...thermal bridging. Building code requirements for foundation walls vary across the US and Canada, and range between R19 and R24.5. This is a minimum and, depen...

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...

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

The best tips for buying windows

...thermal bridging, which causes heat to be conducted through the wall framing via the window frame. This can be best achieved by centering windows in the wall ra...

Concrete, wood and steel structures compared - Timber Frame wins!
Materials and resources

How wood structures compare to steel and concrete for Carbon Footprint

...thermal bridging than its counterparts and easily incorporates prefabricated elements. Its structural performance is very high and its compressive strength is s...