Choosing the best windows / Guides

Correct window installation details
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. For how to choose the best windows for your house, see h...

How to choose Triple pane, high performance windows
Windows and doors

The best tips for 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...

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 ...

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

Choosing windows - which window frame? wood v aluminum v vinyl

...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...

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

Installing doors & windows for the best performance in high efficiency homes, LEED & Passive House 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...

Balanced insulation levels in a green home
Efficient home design

Insulation in Green Home Building, a balanced approach to 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...

Skylights can be problematic in a high performance home
Windows and doors

Are 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...

How to Choose between an HRV and ERV system

Choosing between an HRV and an ERV

...the type and number of rooms to take into account the activity of the occupants rather than the dimension of the living space. The National Building Code r...

The Best Electric Car - Discover which EV is best for You
Lifestyle, location and commuting

The Best Electric Car - Discover which EV is best for You

...there's a nagging question in the back of everyone’s mind - When is the right time to make the switch to an Electric Vehicle - & which is the best EV? ...

High efficiency wood stoves
Wood stove and biomass heat

Heating with wood and biomass fuel

...the potential heat output. Read a guide here on choosing the best firewood for the highest heat output , or see our guide on choosing the best wood-buring ...

Condensation on windows leads to mold & mildew in homes, ERV & HRV systems help

Ventilation & air exchangers

...the only energy penalty being the electric for the blower to overcome the pressure drop in the system. If you need help choosing between an HRV & ERV syste...