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...

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...

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...

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...

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 mor...

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 performance and reducing energy use while reducing heating bills, carbon footprint and improving a building's comfort level. It may look easy to go buy ...

Exterior damp proofing and drainage mat to protect basements from wate
Insulation and soundproofing

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction

...thermal break against concrete wall 2x4 stud wall with mineral wool batts in cavities drywall with latex paint as vapour retarder. Note: Not having prop...

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...

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...