Thermal mass

When is a concrete floor the right choice?

Concrete floor slabs are a standard way to embed thermal mass in passive design, but is it always the right approach? Dick Clarke explains the benefits and design considerations for using concrete, and some alternatives.

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Heritage renovation done well

Architect Anna Lindstad’s passive solar transformation of her inner-Melbourne corner shop is cited as an example of heritage renovation done well, but its success came with a fight.

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Phase change materials as thermal mass

Our regular columnist, Dick Clarke, looks at the latest in thermal building products – phase change materials.

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Slab insulation advice

It’s a good idea to insulate your slab if mechanical heating or cooling is needed in your home, says sustainable design expert Dick Clarke.

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The ins and outs of reverse brick veneer

Turning an inside-out world the right way around again with reverse brick veneer construction.

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Retrofitting thermal mass into walls and floors

Retrofitting thermal mass to timber-framed buildings is possible and can make your home that much more comfortable and thermally efficient. Dick Clarke looks at how it’s done.

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