Efficient windows / Discussions

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

...windows (thermal conductance, transmittance, solar gain, etc.) Eliminating thermal bridging Efficient lighting Efficient appliances Solar panels Geoth...

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

What are your thoughts about incorporating natural ventilation techniques into the heating/cooling/ventilation design of a house?

...windows would work best? Perhaps adding ventilation passages between floors for air movement? Where to place vents for air circulation between rooms to take adv...

Posted by dean c Jan. 18, 2020, 3:51 p.m. Ventilation 1 Responses

Should I replace my geothermal system with a gas boiler?

I have an energy efficient 2,000 sq ft bungalow located on acreage just east of Edmonton. The house was built in 2007 and received the Green Vision Award for A...

Posted by Lawrence Brusnyk Oct. 31, 2018, 8:07 p.m. Heat pumps, geothermal and AC 1 Responses

How do you know when its time to replace windows?

...Windows need to be pretty bad in order to justify a full replacement. If they were single pane we would probably agree, but double pane windows mean they are at...

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

In your Edelweiss house you use 2x6 studs. Why not use 2x4 studs and add 2" rigid on the inside?

...windows. The sections of wall between the south-facing windows in the Edelweiss house are fully filled with 2x6s, and would have been much thicker if the struct...

Posted by Tom Wagar Aug. 25, 2019, 3:40 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 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

What is the right amount of insulation for a house?

...windows/doors. Electric boiler for in floor radiant heat and as efficient HRV as I can find for a reasonable price. I've read that ERV's got a bad rap in cold w...

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

How to insulate an apartment you don't own?

...windows and doors ? That sounds like an issue that a landlord should be taking care of, though I’m not sure what sort of tenant rights you have where you live, ...

Posted by Teresa Cunningham Oct. 21, 2019, 3 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

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

...efficient materials - maybe splurge on insulation and windows as be more scrappy with the rest, and we’ll get some friends on board to help ease some labour cos...

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

Will I save energy by lowering my thermostat at night?

...efficient your home is and if you have a lot of thermal mass inside the building enclosure. Lowering thermostats at night made a lot of sense 40 + years ago w...

Posted by Ryan Peterson May 1, 2018, 11:51 a.m. Heating and cooling 4 Responses

Is it OK putting 1 inch of EPS under vinyl siding with no wall insulation good?

...windows so they are not a problem to shim out. I doubt condensation in walls would be an issue with this plan Roger and Judy I would consider choosing a...

Posted by Roger Smith Nov. 12, 2019, 6:34 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 7 Responses

What is the best way to make a row house in Montreal Quebec more energy efficient?

...windows - and if it's hot upstairs check on loft insulation as this is a relatively affordable upgrade with tangible benefits and ROI - I noticed ecoHOME has lo...

Posted by Elizabeth Brown Feb. 26, 2019, 9:09 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses