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Posted By: StuartBOur new build will be extremely well insulated and airtight (passivhaus standard) and the only heating system we plan on having is a stove for chilly evenings. However, I am concerned that when we get up at 6.30am the house is going to be very cold.
Posted By: Nick ParsonsI have been wondering about crushed brick/block/gritsand/lime as a thermal mass internal wall for lightweight bldgs.
Posted By: StuartBThe reason I asked the question is because Rachel mentioned on another thread that her straw bale house got chilly in winter if she didn't have the stove burning in the evening. I didn't think staw bale houses got chilly which is why I am a bit worried.
Posted By: tonyStraw bale tends to be nicely air tight but problems will exist with where they join to fenestration, roof and floors etc.
Posted By: StuartBOur new build will have staw bale walls set in a timber frame with clay plastered walls on the inside and larch cladding on the outside.
The floors will be a mix of solid oak and tiles. Is this enough/good thermal mass to retain heat? We will also have heat recovery.
I think the heated bathroom is the way to go, although I was thinking along the lines of a large heated towel rail on a timer rather than a heated floor.
Posted By: stephendvThe guess is based on a completely unfounded and unfairly generalised hypothesis that there are 2 types of greens on this forum, the techno-greens and the naturo-greens.
Posted By: CWattersShowering in an air tight house must do wonders for the humidity. I'd be sweaty again buy the time I'm dressed.
Posted By: StuartBThere is no gas supply. What would you use to provide a blast of heat first thing in the morning to make the house a bit more comfortable? My wife won't accept any replies of "put on a woolly jumper"! She will want to dry off after a shower and dress without wrapping a duvet around her at the same time!
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