How to choose the best windows / Discussions

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

...the outside; would like my windows to sit in the outside 1/3 of the frame; most of the windows are south facing. Here is our page on how to install windows whic...

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

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

...How to choose the best windows for High Performance Homes There is a lot to it, and it is honestly best left to those who do energy modelling. An example to l...

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

What is the best way to seal around windows?

...there might be caulking around 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 i...

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

What is the best way to insulate a home from the outside?

...to strip the walls inside and out, keep the structure but add insulation to the inside but also the outside of the walls so we don’t lose too much space inside....

Posted by Sylvie Gagnon Dec. 12, 2017, 11:58 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

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

...the rain for weeks or months to get saturated and warped. The next level up from that are companies that offer prefab ‘turn key’ homes to choose from, and the...

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

Is a vapor barrier necessary under a concrete slab with foam insulation and if so, where does go?

...the slab will retain some passive solar heat from the south facing windows in winter, avoiding having to put too much heat in to keep stuff from freezing. There...

Posted by Grady 22 Aug. 17, 2019, 12:19 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 3 Responses

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

...to for guidance to get the ball rolling? Thank you! I think the best place to start would be to go through our Green home building guide starting with the desig...

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

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

...the new rather large pictue window in the front might look a bit funny if the siding is way out past the window. I am replacing the other windows so they are ...

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

Should I replace my skylights with solar tubes?

...together. Switching to a lightwell will mean needing to reframe the opening to fit it, then working out a roof covering solution, but at least you won’t have to...

Posted by Elizabeth Brown Nov. 30, 2018, 9:32 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

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

...to go full-on passive, but I believe I can convince them to put money into the house early if it will pay off. In other words, I'm happy to spend $50,000 today ...

Posted by M T Nov. 4, 2019, 11:07 a.m. Concept and design 2 Responses