Knowing how heat is transferred is essential for creating a well-performing building. These are the physics that must be understood.
Heat is transferred in 3 ways:
- Convection (air movement)
- Conduction (touch)
- Radiation (electromagnetic waves)
Warm air is lighter than cold air, and heat always moves to cold.
Air barrier systems address convection (windbreaker), insulation slows conduction (sweater), and radiant barriers reflect thermal radiation to reduce radiative heat transfer (aluminum foil).
After we identify the thermal boundary, we design and construct building systems to resist the transfer of heat from both the inside to the outside and from the outside to the inside.
Understanding heat transfer is also vital for selecting and designing mechanical systems.
Through our knowledge, experience, and collaborative approach, we are always able to find the best value balance for our clients.