Sustainability Corner: Passive Heating through Thermal Mass

Sustainability Corner: Passive Heating through Thermal Mass

During these cold winter months it’s easy to feel the strain on the electric bill trying to heat a leaky house. One effective way of helping ease these heating costs is to use the benefit of thermal mass. Thermal mass is considered any building material that is heavy in mass, such as concrete flooring, heavy stone, and rammed earth. A thermal mass absorbs the heat from the sun and slowly releases it over time. Most of us have noticed this effect when we feel a warm concrete patio in the summer evening. By providing large south facing windows, the low winter sun is allowed to shine on the mass throughout the day. As the outdoor temperature cools, the mass will slowly conduct the heat inside. Through careful material selection and window placement this sustainable strategy can easily be added during renovation and remodels. Explore the potential for using thermal masses in your next project! Wissioming Residence via ArchDaily Caterpillar House via ArchDaily Flyway View House via ArchDaily Interested in making your house more energy efficient? Contact Vertical Arts for all things Architecture and Interio Design.

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