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Your house as a thermos bottle

It doesn't sound so inviting, a house as a thermos bottle, but if we add a few features, like good ventilation, a nice view, enough entrances and exits, then indeed a 'house as a thermos bottle' becomes a very attractive proposition!



And this is what makes it attractive:

1. 'centrality', having a real (warm and cozy) central living area;

2. a substantial amount of energy conserved by using radiant heat and by using infra-red, semi-transparent glass walls and glass doors;

3. retaining heat by installing reflective materials, for example, aluminum-coated construction paper or tonzon-foil, in hollow outer walls, without needing any further insulation except for a thin layer on the front, and behind it neat (containing no air-holes) aluminum paper is needed.




The Fin oven (or a similar tile-oven) serves as the central heating source and the creator of a cozy living room, although an extra tall* oven (or comparable tile-stove) is needed to disperse the radiant heat through connecting windows in the inner wall. The thus 'irradiating' heat enters only to the right if it's installed at a slightly sloping angle, a supply of reflective foil is found inside the wall. And all that glass? Doesn't that mean there will be a lack of privacy in the adjoining bedroom? Tip: hang lamination or loose-hanging curtains behind such a window or glass door, which, if necessary, people can then shut.

*A standard Fin oven can be fitted with an extra 'level' of four tile walls, making it ± 60 cm higher. However, it will then take a bit longer to light the oven.