Thermal Bridges And Ventilation Overseas

In Europe, strict regulations are in place to control thermal bridges and air-leakages to minimise the energy needed for heating and cooling. Furthermore, due to the colder climate, a lot of structural damage can occur if heat and vapour is able to ‘travel’ through...

How To locate air-leakage & thermal bridges

How is your house performing? Have you put in insulation into your home, but yet it is still cold and draughty in winter and too hot in summer? Do you know where the heat is escaping?  Draughts + air-leakageOlder style buildings commonly have draughts and air-leakages...

Stack-Effect and Clerestory Windows

STACK-EFFECT The term “stack-effect” goes back to the chimney. The heat source – in this scenario, the fire – heats up the air. Hot air rises and is discharged through the chimney, as it has a lower density than cold air. This effect can be used to replace air inside...

The 20/20 House Part 12 – Getting The Design Right

The Gruen Eco Design blog about how to convert your dream from an energy efficient home into a reality.   Over the last couple of months, we kept fine-tuning the design for our own house. Typically, all my ‘actual’ projects are a priority, so I only ever work on the...