Choosing the right 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 here . The Demo House has triple-glazed argon-filled wood frame windows from Quebec high performance window manufacturer Elite . Windows on the north, east and...

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

The best tips for buying windows

...the glazing and heating the home interior. The Solar Heat Gain coefficient based on orientation in the Northern Hemisphere © Ecohome Tips for choosing the right windows • Choose the most efficient windows you can afford . Work with the window supplier to get the right glazing for each orient...

When should you replace windows
Windows and doors

When should you replace old windows?

...them. Window thermal unit, image via Europages Replacing window thermals is often an option, that's done without having to remove and change 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 units insid...

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

...Choosing the right windows: Another case of balancing your thermal envelope is in terms of window quality . Having an extremely well-insulated wall is great, but if you blew the budget on insulation and had to put in low-quality windows, they become the weak link in the chain and you can effectively undo all your own...

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 point of openings have a lot more thermal bridging around the frames. Windows in the centre of the opening reduce the risk of condensation by keeping window peri...

Reducing the need for air conditioning
Heating and cooling

How to keep homes cool without air conditioning during the heat of the day, and get your fresh air at night. Pay attention to the temperatures inside and out, and wait until it's actually cooler outside to open up the windows. Block out the sun during the day with opaque curtains or blinds, this reduces the amount of heat that enters the house. Fans: the...

Real estate

Are you selling a house? Here are the top 10 things homebuyers look for

...they go house shopping. We were pleased but not at all surprised by the results - here they are: The top 10 assets that homebuyers value: 1. Walk-in closets 2. Energy-efficient appliances 3. General energy efficiency of the dwelling 4. Energy-efficient windows 5. Kitchen island and durable counterto...

Affordable green prefab homes - contemporary rancher style - Abri 1850 BV
Architecture and plan design

Prefab Homes for Sale - Beautiful & Sustainable - Available Now

...their encompassing shape and seamless connection with outside they fulfill the design brief perfectly. The entrance faces the driveway, giving an attractive appearance but modestly hiding the contemporary interior. In the crook of the L, the open-plan living area forms the heart of these well thought out homes. This ...

Real estate

Evaluating a home before purchase: how to recognize value and potential problems

...the outside: Does it have good overhangs? There was an unfortunate style trend for a while of building virtually non-existent overhangs. The bigger the overhang the less rain will hit your house. This can extend the life of siding and help walls dry out quicker. Are there roof valleys? These can be problem areas, a...

Drywall and construction dust
Cleaning and maintenance

Tips for keeping air clean during renovations

...the work zone: There is always air movement through a house, but if you keep a small fan blowing out the window during the dirtiest stages, it can prevent dust from spreading through your house. Air will be drawn from the rest of your house into the work area rather than the other way around. Use low-dust drywall com...

High efficiency wood stoves
Wood stove and biomass heat

Heating with wood and biomass fuel

...thermometer and burn your stove at the right temperature, between 270 and 500 degrees Celsius. see here to learn about the wood combustion process and how burning firewood can be eco-friendly Burn the right fuel with the right moisture content. Details below. Open fireplaces: An open fireplace in a home is abou...