Thermal comfort / Guides

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

How to design for thermal comfort in a home

...comfort: A more accurate reading than air temperature for maintaining a comfortable indoor environment would be the MRT (mean radiant temperature), which is a measure expressing the influence of surface temperatures on occupant comfort. An even more functional measure of thermal comfort in a building would be the o...

Concrete floors and timber frame as thermal mass
Efficient home design

The pros and cons of thermal mass in buildings

...thermal mass in homes: A lot of thermal mass in a home can help naturally balance temperatures in spring and fall when days are warm but nights are still cool. That will either increase comfort or reduce the need for heating and cooling. Heat security: Having significant thermal mass in your home can be a big advan...

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 increased the thermal requirements of building enclosures in many regions, including requiring a thermal break. Contrary to common assumptions, the insulation value...

Basement wall insulation
Insulation and soundproofing

Properly insulating basements and concrete slab floors

...thermal models showing what you could expect from a concrete floor in a typical cold climate, either in Canada or Northern US; first un-insulated, the second insulated to meet Building Code (R10) and the third insulated to R20, the minimum we would recommend in Canadian and US cold climate zones, for comfort and a good...

Reflective window film to reduce overheating
Windows and doors

Product feature: window film treatment to reflect heat and lower air conditioning bills

...thermal radiation. Infrared radiation has the distinction of not being visible, but it warms the body without changing the temperature of the air (read more here about how to design a home for thermal comfort) . When infrared rays touch our skin, it speeds up the molecules of our bodies (read – ‘raises the temperatur...

Choosing a home and neighbourhood
Real estate

Shopping for a home? Some tips for finding the right house and neighbourhood

...thermal comfort and energy efficiency Moving to the country? Find out how to make that work! Compare the carbon footprint of wood v steel vs. concrete buildings Future-proof building techniques for a changing climate Find more about green home construction and reap the benefits of a free Ecohome...

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

...comfortable temperature. And depending on the configuration of a specific solarium, it may often be difficult to maintain a comfortable living temperature without a supplementary heat source and a well insulated slab on grade foundation . Winter nights: depending on the amount of thermal mass in the room (stone, maso...

Built to ENDURE: the Net Zero Heat Kenogami House
Efficient home design

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

...comfort and ease of use. Exceptional indoor air quality Natural lighting Covered parking and entrances Materials chosen to ensure minimal maintenance and maximum thermal comfort Resilience: Climatic conditions change daily, annually and over the course of a century. A resilient bui...

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 of the wood isn’t a great concern and becomes even less so the deeper it is. Fiberglass thermal spacers or "Cascadia Clips" The purpose of fiberglass insula...

Ecohome's Kenogami House 'The Most Resilient Home in North America'
Concept and design

Resilient design features for new home construction

...comfort and efficiency is usually a positive one. Significant thermal mass can also serve as a thermal battery and help make solar thermal heat collection more comfortable and a better investment. Reduce dependency on automated systems: Moving parts fail, it’s a fact of life. And the more complicated systems a ho...

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

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