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sushyanliou wrote:Mar 18, 2016
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    For high performance buildings, thermal bridging is not desirable in the windows or building shell.

    Thermally broken windows mean the direct heat transfer in the window frame from inside to out is disconnected by something such as insulation.

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    Maltby Design

    Thermal bridging isn't desirable in any building ;)

vhofmann wrote:Jun 22, 2013
Moni Friedman wrote:Jul 4, 2016

    What Houzz contributors are saying:

    Jen Dalley |||||||||||||| added this to Off the Grid: Siting and Building to Conserve EnergyMay 5, 2014

    Earlier we stressed the importance of minimizing west-facing glass to reduce cooling loads. Yet the majority of the time, no site is perfect. What happens if the site has a spectacular west-facing view? It may even be the very reason you wanted to live there in the first place.Though not off the grid, the home shown here still manages to be energy efficient while framing westerly views with walls of glass; the rest of the building envelope was constructed with a double stud frame and a continuous layer of foam insulation. This, together with a geothermal system and radiant heating, allows the overall home to be extremely energy efficient without sacrificing views.

    Kit Pollard added this to Really Big WindowsNov 17, 2009

    I love the way these windows emphasize the roofline of the house, and how they extend the open floor plan all the way to the outside.

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    chriswt added this to GH ExteriorsJan 17, 2019

    thinkness of walls for builtins?

    jenhaupt1 added this to Pro Spotlight: 3 Tips for Designing a Sustainable Home with StyleJun 6, 2017

    1. Conserve Energy While Maximizing ViewsHomes with expansive windows also need to take comfort and functionality into consideration. For example, the living room in this modern Cape Cod home has stunning ocean views, with the horizon wrapping around two sides of the house. The design challenge is that it’s located atop a bluff with extreme exposure to the elements. The ZeroEnergy team took measures to help prevent energy loss. “Thermally broken windows sealed with aluminum trim have high resistance to the wind and ocean water,” Horowitz says. “The thickness of the interior wall that separates rooms creates an extremely well-insulated, cozy space to watch the storms roll in. The wall also has a depth and scale that pairs with the form of the house.” See more of this project

    ric_shorten added this to Bronze Level HomesNov 22, 2016

    These walls conceal a big reason for this home’s energy efficiency: a combination of spray-foam and rigid-foam insulation; the two work in tandem to eliminate thermal bridging. “Low-tech solutions such as continuous insulation and air sealing have a big impact on the energy efficiency of a home — especially in cold climates,” says Horowitz. “These systems don’t break. There is no maintenance. And they have been around for a really long time.” A blower door test during construction can identify potential air leaks and remedy them before construction concludes.

    clare4082 added this to clare4082's IdeasMar 1, 2016

    Thick walls house built in shelves and storage

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