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BRICK LINED WALLS
BUCKLED FOUNDATIONS due to INSULATION?
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ENERGY SAVINGS in buildings
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FLOOR CHOICES OVER CONCRETE SLABS
FLOOR RADIANT HEAT Mistakes to Avoid
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FRAMING DETAILS for BETTER INSULATION
FRAMING DETAILS for DOUBLE WALL HOUSES
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FREEZE-PROOF A BUILDING
FROST HEAVES, FOUNDATION, SLAB
GEOTHERMAL HEATING SYSTEMS
GREEN BUILDING CODES
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HOUSEWRAP AIR & VAPOR BARRIERS
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HOT ROOF DESIGNS: Un-Vented Roof Solutions
HUMIDITY LEVEL TARGET
ICE DAM PREVENTION
INDOOR AIR QUALITY IMPROVEMENT GUIDE
Insulation Air & Heat Leaks
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INSULATION for GREENHOUSE or SOLARIUM
INSULATION IDENTIFICATION GUIDE
INSULATION INSPECTION & IMPROVEMENT
KIT HOMES, Aladdin, Sears, Wards, Others
LEED GREEN BUILDING CERTIFICATION
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MOBILE HOME INSPECTIONS
MOISTURE CONTROL in BUILDINGS
RADIANT HEAT Floor Mistakes to Avoid
RADIANT HEAT TEMPERATURES
RADIANT SLAB FLOORING CHOICES
RADIANT SLAB TUBING & FLUID CHOICES
ROOF VENTILATION SPECIFICATIONS
SHEATHING, FOIL FACED - VENTS
STRESS SKIN INSULATED PANELS
STUCCO WALL METHODS & INSTALLATION
Thermal Expansion Cracking of Brick
THERMAL EXPANSION of MATERIALS
THERMAL IMAGING, THERMOGRAPHY
THERMAL MASS in BUILDINGS
THERMOSTATS, HEATING / COOLING
VAPOR BARRIERS & CONDENSATION
VENTILATION in BUILDINGS
WALL CONSTRUCTION BARRIER vs CAVITY
WIND ENERGY SYSTEMS
WIND TURBINES & LIGHTNING
WIND WASHING INSULATION At EAVES
WINDOWS & DOORS
WINTERIZE A BUILDING
WOOD, COAL STOVES & FIREPLACES
WOOD STOVE SAFETY
This article discusses the best choices for finish flooring to use over a concrete floor slab intended to provide direct solar heat gain and heat storage.
Accompanying text are reprinted/adapted/excerpted with permission from Solar Age Magazine - editor Steven Bliss. Our page top photograph shows a well-designed radiant-heat floor slab being constructed in Two Harbors, Minnesota where it gets too cold to fool around.
Also see FLOOR, CONCRETE SLAB POURED FINISH, and see THERMAL MASS in buildings and also PASSIVE SOLAR FLOOR TILES, PHASE CHANGE and THERMAL MASS WALL DESIGN and see these thermal mass articles: THERMAL MASS in buildings and THERMAL MASS in UPSTAIRS as well as the passive solar design articles organized at SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEMS.
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What Flooring Materials are Best to Use Over a Concrete Floor Slab
Also see FLOOR, CONCRETE SLAB POURED FINISH where we describe pour-on finish flooring for use over thermal mass concrete slabs.
Readers should also see POLYISOCYANURATE FOAM INSULATION, POLYISOCYANURATE FOAM BELOW SLABS, INSULATION LOCATION for PASSIVE SOLAR FLOOR SLAB and also RIGID FOAM USE INDOORS. Readers should also see FLOOR, CONCRETE SLAB CHOICES for a discussion of choice of finish floor materials to preserve use of thermal mass of a concrete floor slab. Readers interested in basement insulation improvements should also see INSULATION LOCATION for BASEMENT WALLS and BASEMENT HEAT LOSS.
For more general energy savings advice see ENERGY SAVINGS PRIORITIES, and our insulation home page at INSULATION INSPECTION & IMPROVEMENT. If you are going to insulate under a basement or grade-level concrete slab floor, be sure to read SLAB INSULATION, PASSIVE SOLAR. Finally, readers considering adding insulation inside or outside a basement foundation wall should see POLYSTYRENE FOAM INSULATION as well as BUCKLED FOUNDATIONS due to INSULATION? Contact us to suggest text changes and additions and, if you wish, to receive online listing and credit for that contribution.
Here we include solar energy, solar heating, solar hot water, and related building energy efficiency improvement articles reprinted/adapted/excerpted with permission from Solar Age Magazine - editor Steven Bliss.
The link to the original Q&A article in PDF form immediately below is preceded by an expanded/updated online version of this article.
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