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Chromalox: Overview Of Heat Transfer & Thermodynamics
Chromalox technical bulletin on heat transfer fundamentals & thermodynamic properties explains heat transfer by conduction, convection, and radiation, plus physical constants and thermodynamic properties of materials. (PDF)

Construction Instruction: Conduction In A House
Construction Instruction online animation shows how heat is transferred by conduction in a house.

Construction Instruction: How Heat Flows And How To Stop It
Construction Instruction describes how heat flows and how to stop it. The three mechanisms of heat flow work together at all times and under different circumstances, each takes turns being the dominant force. (PDF)

Energy Vanguard: BTU Explained
Energy Vanguard describes a BTU (British Thermal Unit) as the amount of heat needed to raise the temperature of one pound of water by one degree Fahrenheit.

Energy Vanguard: Overview Of Latent Heat
Energy Vanguard explains latent heat, one of the most interesting concepts in heating and cooling.

GBA: Podcast On How Heat Moves Through Homes
Green Building podcast from Building Science Fundamentals engineer John Straube talks about convection, conduction, and radiation, and how we can and can't control heat flow in our homes.

GBA: What Heat Is
Green Building Advisor provides deeper meaning to what heat is and how it flows.

Healthy Heating: Introduction To Heat Transfer
Healthy Heating online video provides an introduction to heat transfer theory. Links to additional animations on heat transfer are located at the bottom of the video screen.

Oklahoma Univ: Theory Of Heat & Methods Of Heat Transfer
Oklahoma University Oklahoma Climatological Survey site explains heat theory including; principle; forms of energy; evaporation, condensation, and latent heat; heat transfer methods of conduction, convection, and radiation; and specific heat.

PBC: Sensible Heat Ratio
Passive Buildings Canada online video provides an explanation of the relationship between sensible heat to latent heat.

PBC: Sensible Heat Ratio & Why It Is Important
Passive Buildings Canada online video provides a simple explanation of why knowing the sensible heat ratio is important in Passivhaus design.

US DOE: Basics Of Heat Flow & Heat Loss
Building America Solution Center examines the basics of heat flow and heat loss, including: basics of heat flow; heat loss calculations; common insulation mistakes; effects of heat flow.

Winnipeg Univ: Theory Of Heat & Heat Transfer
University of Winnipeg describes the nature of heat, temperature, heat capacity, methods of heat transfer, and 2nd Law of Thermodynamics.
Information Sources

Energy2D: Online Interactive Heat Transfer Simulations
Energy2D is a free, interactive, visual multi-physics simulation program that models all three mechanisms of heat transfer; conduction, convection, and radiation.
Procedures

Building Science: Fundamentals Of Heat Control
Building Science online slide show describes the fundamentals of heat control. (PDF)

Building Science: Heat Flow & Thermal Control In Buildings
Building Science.com digest on thermal control in buildings covers background, methods of heat flow, insulation, thermal bridging, heat loss to the ground, air leakage, solar radiation through windows, interior heat gains, and conclusions.

Energy Vanguard: Layers & Pathways Of Heat Flow In Buildings
Energy Vanguard describes two ways heat flow through building assemblies, series and parallel heat flow.
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