Thermal comfort / Guides

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

How to design for thermal comfort in a home

...comfort in a building. To illustrate a point, let's start outdoors. I may be comfortable sitting outside when it's 20°C, or I may be very uncomfortable, depen...

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...

Concrete floors and timber frame as thermal mass
Efficient home design

The pros and cons of thermal mass in buildings

...thermal mass in a home to increase your comfort, by having heat radiating from warm surfaces. Should you include thermal mass in a building? As mentioned at...

Passive Solar Home design at it's best - Kenogami House - EcoHome
Passive solar home design

Ecohome Kenogami House wins Home of the Year Award

...comfort in even prolonged overcast conditions. However, at levels of thermal performance like that of the Kenogami House, a centrally located single heater of...

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

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

...thermal comfort Resilience: Climatic conditions change daily, annually and over the course of a century. A resilient building is o...

Reflective window film to reduce overheating
Windows and doors

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

...thermal comfort) . When infrared rays touch our skin, it speeds up the molecules of our bodies (read – ‘raises the temperature’) and we can very quickly feel ...

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 in...

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 witho...

Efficient home design

Phase change building materials - natural heat storage in buildings

...comfort and help balance home temperatures with reduced energy demand for heating and cooling. With very little testing information available we're not comfor...

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 effe...

Radiant floor heat in a bathroom
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

DIY radiant floor installation

...thermal comfort. Life is short they say, unless of course your feet are cold, then it will seem much longer. The floor of the LEED V4 Platinum Edelweiss House...