So you still want a real fireplace but can’t handle the trade off of what it does to your green building?
We all love fireplaces but in most buildings they are a horrible energy suck !
- Sucks out the conditioned air – even with the best glass doors (which are alway ugly)
- Pollutes the environment
Well check this out ! I met the owner of the Canadian company Renaissance Fireplaces at my Builder 20 meeting in Quebec this fall.
His revolutionary product uses a “guillotine door” (comforting sounding name eh?). The door is counter balanced and slides up into the wall cavity – so it works with an air tight seal.
Interestingly – after considerable research – his labratory and scientists couldn’t improve on old Cout Rumfords famous design for a fireplace. This means the fireplace lights easily, burns efficiently and throws heat into the room instead of up the chimney.
Check out their web site for videos and more information