Thermal Comfort and Star Ratings

Thermal Comfort and Star Ratings As explained in our previous article: the perception of temperature is more important than the temperature itself, when it comes to comfort. In Australia, energy rating assessments are done pre-construction, assuming competent...

Thermal Mass and Heating Choices

In most European countries, thermal mass is used as a matter of course. Although it takes  longer to heat up a house which contains a lot of thermal mass, it also takes a long time to cool down again. The thermal mass releases constant heat to the rooms and therefore...

Thermal Mass: material and colour selection

Material and colour selection Generally speaking, the more thermal mass the better and the heavier a material, the better its ability to store heat. The optimum would be a masonry home with a reverse brick veneer construction and concrete floors. Or using something...

Optimal Use Of Thermal Mass

How to locate thermal mass Thermal mass needs to be situated correctly and needs to work in combination with passive solar design and good performing insulation, otherwise it can have negative effects and even increase the need for heating and cooling. Thermal mass...