Tile and Stone Keeps House Cool/Warm

Tile and Stone Keeps House Cool/Warm

About Tile and Stone Keeps House Cool/Warm

Ceramic tile and natural stone are some of the most sustainable products in the building industry for many reasons. Natural stone is extracted from the Earth and ceramic tile is produced from a combination of some of Earth’s key ingredients. They both are very passive solar effective when used and installed correctly. This means that they have an innate capacity to store heat or cold, emitting it later, to either warm or cool a house. A nice way to minimize heating and cooling costs!

The home should be designed so that there are windows or sun rooms on the south side of the building where there’s the most exposure to sunshine, particularly in the wintertime. In the wintertime open the curtains and let the sun stream in to heat up the tile or stone floor. At night the floor will radiate the stored heat into the room so that less energy is needed to warm the house.

On the other hand, in summertime, even though the sun will be further north so the south side of a home doesn’t get as much sun exposure, close the curtains so the sun can’t shine in and warm up the floor. By doing so, coolness that has stored up in the tiles from the night before will be protected. This then allows the release of the cool temperature into the room during the day so less energy is needed to air condition the house during the day.

These benefits are further increased if the ceramic tile (this includes porcelain tile since it is a type of ceramic tile) or stone is installed over a concrete substrate. The concrete has the same characteristics as the tile and stone in that it will provide added storage of heat or cold increasing the capacity and benefits of passive solar effects.

About the Tilewise Cartoons

TileWise cartoons were developed under Donato Pompo's leadership for Club '84 (Ceramic Tile Action Group).  Club '84 was a non-profit organization of accomplished individuals from all segments of the ceramic tile industry.  The group's mission was to develop and distribute educational aids to educate, train and bring quality awareness to the distributors, specifiers, installers, and consumers of Ceramic Tile.

The TileWise cartoons were created to communicate issuses and concerns in the business of using ceramic tile for all segments of the industry.  The objective was to educate to promote the quality use of ceramic tile.  In each cartoon the screen exaggerates what you shouldn't do or emphasizes an issue or concern, then George the Bucket (named after CTI founder George Lavenberg) says what is correct.  The cartoons ran for twelve years in each issue of the Tile Industry News, a major industry publication, published by the Ceramic Tile Institute until 1999 when it ceased.

Use these cartoons to educate your customers and employees to help avoid potential problems, and to promote a positive image of your company through newsletters, posters or mailings.

We hope you can put these cartoons to good use to help your industry and your business, and we know you will certainly benefit from them if you do.  Good Luck!

The TileWise Cartoons will be displayed and available for your use. Restricted to limited single use. Randy’s cherished wife, Suzanne, is working hard to care for their precious sons, Rudie and Remie. Randy’s sudden illness left them with limited resources. If you can benefit from the use of the TileWise Cartoons, and if you can afford it, a donation to Randy's family would be very much appreciated. Please see form below to pledge whatever amount you would like to donate.

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(over 50 TileWise cartoons for your pleasure, and to use to educate your customers and employees)

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