08 Aug '11, 1pm

Green Build Blog: How to Insulate a Foundation

Green Build Blog: How to Insulate a Foundation

“I was never able to reproduce it in my humble tests … Heat simply does not travel back into the building … which is the case if the thermal mass is not insulated to the interior. So you get some decrement delay within the mass layer, but it is very much limited by its design and cannot find its full potential. If you are after heat storage capacity, decrement delay and absorption capacity, build a concrete wall and insulate on the outside in a heating climate or opposite in a cooling climate. Or use a medium-weight assembly with a thick layer of dense-packed cellulose with a fraction of its embodied energy Energy that goes into making a product; includes energy required for growth, extraction, and transportation of the raw material as well as manufacture, packaging, and transportation of the finished product. Embodied energy is often used to measure ecological cost.

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