Window / Discussions

Can south facing windows and glass doors, double glazed, be used to collect passive solar heat?

...window in this respect would be a window film to reduce heat transmission (see product here) , or sunshades above the window to also prevent overheating. I hope...

Posted by Sue Whall June 5, 2020, 8:13 a.m. Passive solar home design 2 Responses

Can you mount heavy objects to a Passive House Larsen truss wall?

...window for shading or are you talking about a large awning that would require installing a ledger board on the wall to create covered outdoor living space?

Posted by Jay Stevenson July 3, 2020, 2:42 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What are your thoughts on using large flax straw bales (4x4) to build in Saskatchewan?

...window wells, which will also block a lot of light. You may want some high gloss white paint around windows to reflect more light in. Straw can be well-built,...

Posted by Al Birchard Nov. 11, 2019, 12:56 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 3 Responses

When I use my stove hood I get smoke odours in my home, is that due to negative pressure and how do I fix it?

...windows and leaks in the walls. That would be the case with a home built in the 60s that has not had a major renovation to improve thermal performance and air t...

Posted by Anonymous Dec. 11, 2017, 12:37 p.m. Healthy indoor air quality 1 Responses

What is the right amount of insulation for a house?

...windows is good, as long as you don’t end up feeling like you’re in a bunker. Your design sounds similar to our Edelweiss House , we did include a few small win...

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

Can I add Larsen Trusses and cellulose to 1920s House in Minneapolis?

...windows in any of you Eco homes? Hi Ken, I pasted your questions and points here, my responses are in bold - When you say , strip the walls, insta...

Posted by Ken Traefald Feb. 17, 2020, 2:30 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

Is it OK to put 1 inch of EPS under vinyl siding with no wall insulation?

...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 not a problem to shim out. ...

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

What flooring options work with a passive solar design?

...windows is a great way to save money and energy on heating, and a concrete floor is one of the best surfaces to collect and store heat. But the energy gains are...

Posted by Christopher Dunn Feb. 23, 2020, 11:50 a.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

Wood Burning Stove - Do We Need A Cold Air Vent to Safely Operate?

...window or door in the room, if so, it is more than likely you need to install some correct air ventilation. Also, the addition of a high-quality chimney cowl ca...

Posted by Regina Vigil Feb. 15, 2021, 3:11 p.m. Wood stove and biomass heat 2 Responses

Is there anything I can do about a vapor barrier on the wrong side of a basement wall?

...window seal allowed water in during a summer storm and it could never dry out. I ripped the entire wall down and building new before I mount the shelves. I love...

Posted by Iain B Feb. 8, 2021, 2:21 p.m. Basements improvements 7 Responses

Should I replace my skylights with solar tubes?

...windows that depends on the extent of damage and the cost comparison of repairing / replacing. So – in some cases, if you’re sure it’s the condensation that’s t...

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?

...windows (thermal conductance, transmittance, solar gain, etc.) – another window question eh? Here is a page on window design for choosing between wood, aluminum...

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

Why do you shim up basement walls?

...window of opportunity to renovate, when they remove the oil tank, before they install the replacement tank. I won't get another chance to fix that area - the wa...

Posted by t b March 2, 2021, 3:17 p.m. Basements improvements 4 Responses