Glass House Floor Capturing Solar Heat

Glass House Exterior

Glass House Exterior, May 2013

Floor Preparation

for Blanke Permatop floor. The solar heat captured in the floor will be transported via warm water into flexible heating tubes embedded in floors and walls of the house (shown in lower row of photographs here).

Isolation des Bodens

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Image: thermal insulation with layers of light blue Roofmate SL-A insulation panels. Total thickness of Roofmate layer: 16 cm.

Black EPDM-foil along the perimeter connects concrete base (subconcrete) surface with aluminum construction to keep outside air from entering glass house.

Isolation des Bodens

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Image: Complete Roofmate SL-A layer. Onto this layer is placed another insulation layer, 3 cm thick,

  • between steel beams: Blanke Permatop (in cache), polyurethane panels with PEX pipes (external diameter: 16 mm) fitted into panel grooves

  • along the edges: Roofmate SL-A.

Entire floor will be covered with the blue plastic/glass fibre mats Blanke Permat. The structure and bonding of the mats using a fast setting special powder dispersion glue Blanke GlUEMAX (6) on the Blanke Permatop main element (1, 2, 5) spares the floor screed. In other words: the mats are the bedding layer for the tiles.

Finished Floor

Permatop Cross Section

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The finished floor consists of the following 4 layers (from top to bottom):

  1. tiles (1.5 cm, not in photos),

  2. Permatop (along edges: Roofmate SL-A), 3 cm, covered with Blanke Permat,

  3. Roofmate SL-A, 16 cm,

  4. subconcrete.

Thus, the cover on top of the water pipes is so thin that full solar heat is available within 8 minutes (in cache) after sun has begun to shine on the floor.


The sun heats also the aluminum construction, which in turn heats the air within the glass house, this air being much warmer than the glass house floor.


Version: 26 January 2014
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