Thermal mass / Guides

Concrete floors and timber frame as thermal mass
Efficient home design

The pros and cons of thermal mass in buildings

...thermal mass are things like concrete, masonry, ceramic tiles, even a large volume of wood like timber frames. Intentionally adding greater amounts of thermal m...

Thermal batteries for passive solar design
Efficient home design

Thermal batteries: how to passively store heat

...thermal battery? Thermal mass of any kind can by definition be called a thermal battery, as it has the ability to store heat. In the context of a house, th...

R values and insulation performance
Efficient home design

Understanding thermal performance

...thermal mass of the insulation, in addition to the assembly itself, can also impact in-service heat flows. Thermal mass stores heat energy and provides a buffer...

Ssolar air heater
Solar thermal collectors

All about solar air heaters - DIY or purchased

...thermal mass included for heat storage, you will likely need an additional heat source. Storing solar heat (thermal batteries): If you incorporate the...

7 Principles of a super abundant, solar, year round greenhouse
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

7 key principles for an abundant greenhouse

...Thermal Mass An extremely important part of solar greenhouse design is planning enough thermal mass , either via water, masonry or soil underground. This c...

Passive solar home design
Passive solar home design

Passive solar home design

...thermal radiation. Darker materials with heavy mass like concrete, stone or brick will absorb the most heat. For walls you can simply add a second layer of dryw...

Solar thermal collectors

All about solar thermal collectors

...thermal solar is useful, so we will outline the options. Evacuated tube solar thermal collectors: Solar thermal collector © Viessmann This ...

Solar thermal collectors

Product of the month: Solar water heater with overheating protection

...thermal heat collection. Read more here. Purchase: You can purchase individual solar components separately, but buying a pre-engineered solar thermal ...

Building science for LEED v4 wall design made easy
Concept, design and architecture

Building science for LEED v4 wall design 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...

Celsius Solar Igloo
Solar thermal collectors

Celsius: The solar heated igloo!

...thermal mass bench which then radiates heat at night. On the roof are photovoltaic cells that charge batteries which then powers interior lights and the outdoor...

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 t...

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