Choosing windows / Discussions

What are the most cost-effective green building strategies in new home construction?

...Windows facing North, East and West will always lose more heat than they gain on a daily and seasonal cycle, so be sparing with them, and see our pages on choos...

Posted by M T Nov. 4, 2019, 11:07 a.m. Concept and design 3 Responses

What is the best way to frame window openings when adding exterior insulation?

...windows yet? We have a page on how to choose the best windows and what to look for in window performance. Choosing triple pane windows instead of double pane wi...

Posted by Anwas Qwelten May 30, 2019, 8:16 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

What are the best windows for replacement in a basement?

...windows, there is no really no difference between basements and above grade walls. Basement windows are often smaller than main floor windows, other than that, ...

Posted by Chrystele Chevallier-g May 21, 2020, 12:30 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

What is the best way to seal around windows?

...windows and door on the outside. Now I'm wondering if there is any insulation around any of the windows and doors that were all installed about ten years ago. M...

Posted by Bryan Squirrell Oct. 8, 2019, 8:53 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

What windows should you use when trying to build a Passive House?

...windows and NZP, both are available in Quebec, both manufacture high quality triple pane windows. And we already have exactly the page you need, have a read her...

Posted by Raoul Lions Jan. 25, 2019, 2:18 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

Is it worth investing in triple-pane windows?

...windows , but the short story is as follows: Triple pane windows from our research will usually pay for themselves in the long run, as will gas filled windows. ...

Posted by K.P. July 8, 2017, 12:39 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

How do you know when its time to replace windows?

...choosing new windows , replacing or repairing windows , and one on proper window installation if you do end up having to replace them.

Posted by Ted Dec. 11, 2017, 12:50 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

How do you replace windows in a double stud wall house?

...windows by the builder? If we install triple pane windows, do I still need to install double windows for each opening to retain the envelope? I am looking for a...

Posted by Sasha June 25, 2018, 10:25 p.m. Windows and doors 3 Responses

If a passive house is designed well is it worth the extra cost for Low E window coatings?

...windows are appropriately facing south and the entire design is sound with thermal mass and good overhangs would double or triple glaze Argon filled windows be ...

Posted by Joe Van Kuren June 7, 2019, 8:37 p.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

What is the right amount of insulation for a house?

...choosing your windows and ventilation system. Good luck! Choosing the right windows Thermal breaks in wall assemblies Choosing between ERVs and HRVs ...

Posted by Ryan Gerbrandt Feb. 11, 2019, 9:57 a.m. Passive solar home design 4 Responses

What is the most comfortable heating system for a home?

...windows. This page explains in simple terms all about human comfort in homes - How to design a home for thermal comfort Are you in an older house? Maybe one...

Posted by Catharine Jans Dec. 11, 2017, 11:25 a.m. Heating with electricity 1 Responses

Can you help with passive solar greenhouse exterior wall details?

I have started construction on a 38'x20' passive solar greenhouse. 2x6 framed walls on south side with many windows. Struggling a bit on: 1) Best insulation ...

Posted by Rick Carter Aug. 11, 2020, 8:06 a.m. Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums 1 Responses

How do you calculate window height and location for passive solar heating?

...windows) - then what is furthest point the sun will reach to into the home ? What is the calculation here? Memories of high school maths isn't helping me here. ...

Posted by Daniel Gardener Sept. 12, 2019, 8:54 a.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

What is your experience and thoughts on pre-fab wall assemblies?

...windows, and a traditional sloped roof (not flat). I am actiing as the general contractor and we are living on site in an existing house that will be demolished...

Posted by Shaun B Nov. 12, 2019, 4:16 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 2 Responses

Do you recommend ERV or HRV system in mild climates or can do away with them?

...windows. At that point, air you paid to heat or cool is ejected from the home with no energy recovery. Here is our page on Choosing Between an HRV and an ERV ...

Posted by Babak K Aug. 1, 2020, 7:12 p.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

For a first time buyer where do you start with renovations?

...Windows aren’t always best to replace unless they are really bad, read more here – When to replace windows and when to repair them Here is our page on choosin...

Posted by Joanne Geall Aug. 19, 2020, 3:14 p.m. Efficient home design 1 Responses

Is EPS or XPS better for use in basement rim joists? Should faced or unfaced foam boards be used?

...windows, but the bottom of those windows is nearly at-grade. That wall is still full-height poured concrete. The rest of the basement is below-grade. We aren'...

Posted by Thomas Dispenza Sept. 8, 2019, 12:43 a.m. Basements improvements 6 Responses

Looking to build a small home as eco as possible, where do we start?

...Choosing the best home insulation That’s a start to a few pages that will at least help you get your head in the game to get an idea of what you want. The...

Posted by Jennifer Bisson July 12, 2019, 12:12 p.m. Planning and Design 2 Responses