Science of Efficiency 2018-01-28T23:40:41+00:00

The Science of Efficiency:

 

‘Locks Comfort in and Locks the Elements out’


The science of home-building is based on controlling an inside environment despite a constantly changing outside environment. This is done by managing heat loss, air movement, moisture & increasing the R-value.

When installing ordinary batt or loose fill insulation in a wall assembly between wood studs they act as a thermal bridge which freely conducts the heat out of the home leaving about 20% of the exterior walls without insulation whatsoever.

 Is there a better way? We think there is!

Not all homes are built equal!
What you don’t see can make all the difference.
An ENERGY EFFICIENT HOME is a functional system of airtight construction techniques and innovative
“attention-to-detail” insulation through achieving the highest R-Value.
Click on 'TECHNOLOGY' To find out how we do this
TECHNOLOGY

How Traditional Insulation works:

The colder it gets outside the less effective Fiber Insulations such as Fiberglass, Cellulose and Rockwool are at keeping you warm inside. Polystyrene foam has a “real world” R-Value which is not affected by external forces like temperature.

Similar studies found the same effect with another external force: wind. Wind causes pressure differences across the exterior walls. Air Leakage compounds this effect as hot air leaks out the top of the building and cold air is sucked in at the bottom of the building. As a result of this pressure difference the polyethylene plastic vapor barrier is sucked into the wall cavity compressing Fiber Insulations such as Fiberglass, Cellulose and Rockwool. Depending on the strength of the wind R-Values can be cut by 40-80%.

Studies found that Fiberglass Insulation loses nearly half its R-Value with outside temperatures of -28°C.
Studies found that Fiberglass Insulation loses nearly half its R-Value with outside temperatures of -28°C.
 The same is true for all other Fiber Insulations such as Cellulose and Rockwool.

THE
TRUTH

Every house leaks heat in these ways: Radiation, Convection or Conduction, it just depends at what rate. If your furnace is running and you have an uncomfortable heating or cooling bill your house is just losing energy at a faster rate.

CONDUCTIVE HEAT

Thermal Bridging –  heat transfer/loss from wooden studs resulting in an overall reduction in thermal insulation of the building.  Since the Thermal-Lock Wall completely wraps each stud, Thermal Bridging is eliminated in our homes.

RADIATIVE HEAT

Heat can be transmitted through empty space by thermal radiation often called infrared radiation. This type of heat loss is lost usually through windows.

CONVECTIVE HEAT

The movement of warm and cool air inside the home and has a tremendous impact on moisture…. Meaning condensation caused by warm moist air from cooking, showers, laundry,  and people breathing directly interacts with potentially cold or colder outside temperatures INSIDE the house walls.

ENERGUIDE
STANDARDS

Energuide is a program by the Canadian Government designed to help with energy efficiency.  How do we achieve this?  We use technology through proper insulation that helps to reduce or slow down heat loss and help to capture and retain heat for as long as possible. All our homes are built to the R2000 Standards determined by Energuide.