Choosing the best windows / Guides

Windows and doors

How to install windows

...the right windows on the south side you can gain more heat in the daytime than they will lose at night. The Demo House has triple-glazed argon-filled wood ...

Triple pane south facing windows on Ecohome's Demo House
Windows and doors

How to install windows for the best performance and durability position windows towards the center of the rough opening rather than installing them flush to the outside. Windows that are installed at the exterior p...

Triple pane, high performance windows
Windows and doors

What to look for when buying windows

...the total wall area. If the house actually had two such windows, the R-value would drop further to R33; and if there were one on each side of the house, th...

Triple-glazed, argon-filled windows in the Ecohome Demo House
Windows and doors

Choosing windows - Material options and function

...they have the best resistance to expansion and contraction due to temperature changes. This can extend the life of the seals,delaying the inevitable day when th...

When should you replace windows
Windows and doors

When should you replace old windows?

...the entire window, you just remove the trim on the inside of the window (whether it is fixed or operational) to access the thermals, which are the sealed glass ...

Balanced insulation levels in a home
Efficient home design

Balanced insulation: putting it where it does the most good on the south can gain more heat in the day than they lose at night, giving you a net heat-gain. Windows on all other sides always result in a net heat-l...

Solariums in cold climates
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

Solariums in cold climates won't heat your home

...the touch, and frost would often appear on the windows. "We had a sofa leaning against the glass wall in the middle of the solarium, and when sitting there in w...

cold climat sk
Windows and doors

Skylights: an asset or a liability?

...Choosing the best skylight: The first thing to realize is that getting the best skylight on the market will not 'save' you energy, it will help mitigate da...

Thermal image showing where home heat loss is occurring.
Insulation and soundproofing

How insulation works

...the beginning that these factors can work in conjunction, that is because the cold surface that results from the high conduction through wall studs and other th...

Choosing between renovating and rebuilding
Wall assemblies - renovation

Renovating or tearing down and starting over

...the exterior of the wall you can also safely add batt insulation in the stud bays to furtherincrease the thermal performance. If you like the shape of the ...

Lifestyle and environment

Resources and getting started

...ther the skills to do it yourself or the patience to live in a mess for a bit, this can be a more affordable way to break into the housing market. You can incre...