What is a thermal bridge /

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?

...aterial as wall frames; foam studs wouldn't carry a Canadian snow load. What you can do is factor that in during the design phase so you achieve the actual...

Ice dam
Roof assemblies - renovation

What causes ice dams and how to fix them

...actors, and it freezes again. Air leakage through ceilings is another common problem as a lot of heat is transported by air. This warms the attic and causes tha...

Triple pane south facing windows on Ecohome's Demo House
Windows and doors

How to install windows for the best performance and durability

...What this means in real terms: multiply that amount of heat loss to match the average house size with the average amount of windows over the average Canadian wi...

Thermal image showing where home heat loss is occurring.
Insulation and soundproofing

How insulation works

...ans an entire wall assembly, it provides easy passage for heat to leave your house. This is known as a 'thermal bridge', and preventing it is known as a 'therma...

Concept, design and architecture

Building science made easy - video

...as a thermal bridge , and that can greatly reduce the overall R value of a wall. Virtually every thermal bridge in this wall assembly was identified and elimina...

Air barriers are essential to a properly functioning wall system
Air and vapour barriers

What is an air barrier?

...at can act as air barriers are drywall, sheathing, insulation, house wrap, even the polyethylene we normally install as a vapour barrier can act as an effective...

Shipping container home
Tiny house

Are shipping container houses environmentally friendly?

...A container house doesn’t automatically mean a cheap build. For reasons mentioned above (framing and insulation), and because the technical issues are rather co...

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

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction

...isting basements are typically under-insulated or not insulated at all, and if they are, they almost always trap moisture within wall assemblies . This leads to...

Solariums in cold climates
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

Solariums in cold climates won't heat your home

...aking, a solarium is not a greenhouse, but can be used as such. The typical solarium is usually a glazed space adjacent to a dwelling, separated by an exte...

The Spring House Passive House
Passive House

Everything you need to know about Passive House

...a pair of sandals and a pair of winter boots to an Alaskan and a Hawaiian, would it be reasonable to expect them to use each pair for six months of the year? If...

Archetype Sustainable House at the Living City Campus
Heating and cooling

Heat pumps: Ground source or air source, which one makes more sense?

...a heat pump instead of a natural gas furnace or boiler yields carbon emissions savings comparable to taking an average car off the road . A gradual transit...