What is thermal bridging / Guides

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 increa...

Slab on Grade

Finishing the exterior of an insulated slab-on-grade floor

...thermal bridging. What we decided on was plastic straps that passed through the cement board and that were anchored in the concrete. It did hold as planned, t...

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

...Thermal bridging through flush mounted window frame © Denis Boyer for Ecohome Thermal bridging through inset mounted window frame © Deni...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...what is the best wall system? That also depends on what you are looking for. What is the most durable wall? What is the most energy efficient wall? What i...

Ice dams on roofs & how to fix them
Roof assemblies - renovation

What causes ice dams and how to fix them

...is is an indication that you have a thermal bridging problem. What causes ice dams? Thermal bridging through walls: many older homes have insufficient ins...

Off grid, passively heated and cooled house in the Gatineau Hills, Que
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off grid and passively heated, this house in Low, Quebec is aiming for LEED certification

...what it is intended to do - stop air leakage - which commonly accounts for about a third of the heat loss of a home and the greatest risk for moisture damage in...

Basement wall insulation
Insulation and soundproofing

Properly insulating basements and concrete slab floors

...what is consistent is that if you insulate to the minimum requirements of code, your basement will still account for a significant and unnecessary portion of th...

How to choose Triple pane, high performance windows
Windows and doors

The best tips for buying windows

...issivity). This is a metallic film that is applied to windows which further determines how much heat comes in and how much goes out. Low E coatings on windows w...

Concrete, wood and steel structures compared - Timber Frame wins!
Materials and resources

How wood structures compare to steel and concrete for Carbon Footprint

...is much lighter by volume than both concrete and steel, it is easy to work with and very adaptable on site. It is durable, results in less thermal bridging than...

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

How to design for thermal comfort in a home

...is less risk of condensation and moisture damage to window frames and wall assemblies. Air leakage causes uncomfortable drafts , but it also allows moisture t...

The high performance almost ZNE Warburg house by bioi - built for under $100,00
Efficient home design

A High Performance Home on a Shoe String Budget (Almost ZNE!)

...thermal bridging. The simple form creates a singular interior volume. The exterior skin is draped in black corrugated steel sheets long enough to extend the ful...