Doors / Guides

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

...doors see below, and be sure to watch the EcoHome "How to Seal Windows & Doors correctly" video Guide at the bottom of the page. Stopping Air Leakage around Doors & Windows High Efficiency buildings like LEED certified, Passive House, ZNE , Passive Solar, Zero Energy Homes or even Positive Energy Homes all rely on ...

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

...doors are subject to the same pressures and weathering as wall mounted windows, so the benefits and drawbacks of material choices are about the same. Doors are thin, and not often a major source of solar gain, so it will pretty much be one of the weaker links with respect to the building envelope, but we do what we c...

Canada Greener Homes Grant 2021 - How to apply fiberglass attic insulation
Grants and incentives

Canada Greener Homes Grant 2021 - the "how to apply" guide - step by step

...doors Replace your windows or glass doors with ENERGY STAR® certified models Maximum Grant Amount: Up to $5,000 Smart Thermostats Add a smart thermostat to help improve your comfort and save money on your energy bill (must be combined with another retrofit) Maximum Grant Amount: Up to $50 More effic...

Using caulk to make a seal, but which type is best?
Air and vapour barriers

Which is the best caulk or sealant for caulking windows and bathrooms etc?

Which is the best caulk or sealant? Finding the right caulking, and better still finding non-toxic caulk for sealing windows or doors, first requires identifying the exact type you need, which means choosing the right caulking for different surfaces and substrates. Hang on tight because discussing the various chemic...

Interior solid pine door
Doors and trim

Interior finishing

...doors: Reclaimed doors Pros : Reusing materials diverts waste from landfills and reduces manufacturing, shipping and foresting. Depending on the quality and supplier, you may be able to save some money. However the reverse can be true and you might find yourself being charged an 'antique' price, so shop around a ...

custom kitchen renovation by River Woodworks

Formaldehyde-Free Green Kitchen cabinetry for a Non-toxic Home - Price Comparisons

...doors is not at all uncommon. Wood doors: We will be working in this example with maple 'Shaker' style five-piece doors with a flat plywood centre. This is by far the most popular and affordable wood door style. The five pieces are the two rails (horizontal), two stiles (vertical) and the panel (centre), which are co...

Multi Unit Passive House design Vancouver Island BC
Passive House

The North Park Passive House on Vancouver Island, BC

...doors are a result of wall thickness, and, simply through their inherent quality, have a strong, permanent feel, with detailing and shadow lines arising naturally from the thicker walls. Contemporary detailing such as vertical slats on the sides of the balconies and horizontal slats on the sliding bike storage doors ...

Recycled barn beams and a refinished clawfoot bathtub
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Recycled & reclaimed materials

...Doors: Exterior doors from the past might be best left alone, since they are part of your building envelope and should be well-insulated and well-sealed. We are speaking more so about interior doors, and you can find some really nice ones. If they need refinishing, professional sandblasting is ideal for the safe remova...

Correct window installation details
Windows and doors

How to install windows

...doors Correctly in LEED & Passive House, see here from the EcoHome Green Building Guides , north America's favourite sustainable construction tips website Members get great Discounts - sign up today...

Under bed storage
Interior design and furnishing

Storage ideas for small spaces

...doors. This can be handy for small bottles such as spices. The only precaution is making certain that these are placed between the cupboard shelves to allow closing. There are bathroom shelving units designed to fit over the water closet of the toilet. Take advantage of a deeper headboard to enable hidden storage. ...

Top Tips for Getting a House Ready for Winter
Wall assemblies - renovation

Winter preparation for your home - are you ready for the cold?

...doors and ventilation systems during winter, a simple failure to install windows or doors correctly can lead to leaks, water damage and air leakage causing internal condensation and mold in walls. Most of the problems that a home will face during a deep freeze are moisture related in one way or another. Extreme diffe...