What is thermal bridging / Guides

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

How to install windows for the best performance and durability

...isk of condensation by keeping window perimeters warmer. The added benefit that isn't always considered is comfort. Thermal bridging and poor quality windo...

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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 hav...

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Ice dam
Roof assemblies - renovation

What causes ice dams and how to fix them

...is is an indication that you have a thermal bridging problem. First, let's look at what causes ice dams. Thermal bridging: many older homes have insufficient in...

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Slab on Grade

Finishing the exterior of a 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...

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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...

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Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope

...what you are looking for. What is the most durable wall? What is the most energy efficient wall? What is the most soundproof wall? What is t...

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

How insulation works

...is is known as a 'thermal bridge', and preventing it is known as a 'thermal break'. Heat loss through thermal bridging When we mentioned at the ...

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Yukon's first LEED certified home
LEED Homes

The Yukon's First LEED Certified Home

...is traditional looking house is modest in size, each side of this duplex is 960 square feet with two bedrooms and an unfinished basement. Like all semi-detached...

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Concrete, wood and steel structures
Materials and resources

How wood structures compare to steel and concrete

...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...

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Basement wall insulation
Insulation and soundproofing

How much insulation does a basement need?

...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...

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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 ...

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