Thermal mass and insulation for temperate climates

There is still a lot of confusion in the design professions about the difference between insulation and thermal mass. In her paper, practicing ESD consultant Ania Hampton clarifies the difference between insulation and thermal mass; outlines relevant products, their pros, cons and applications; and offers practical advice on the effective use of materials.

note summary
  1. Introduction
  2. Thermal mass and insulation
  3. Using thermal mass
  4. Design considerations
  5. Building type/form
  6. Insulation type
  7. R values
  8. Thermal bridging
  9. Other building elements
  10. Installation
  11. Conclusion