Glazing / Guides

Beautiful LEED home in Mulmur, Ontario.
LEED Homes

A beautiful lakeside LEED Platinum home

...glazing offers expansive views of the landscape and access to a full-length deck. Bedrooms are located on opposite ends of the rectangular plan, book-ending the open living spaces. + HOUSE is embedded with a wealth of complex, health sensitive materials and methods. Built of inert cementitious blocks that inhibit the...

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

Our top tips for buying high-performance windows

...glazing. Typical SHGC values to look for based on orientation are shown in the table below: [1] SHGC = Solar Heat Gain Coefficient, a value between 0 and 1 that indicates how much sun energy passes through the glazing at a 90° angle to the sun rays; a lower SHGC means less solar radiation passing through the glazin...

7 Principles of a super abundant, solar, year round greenhouse
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

7 key principles for an abundant greenhouse

...glazing material with a high light-transmittance , like clear glass, on vertical South faces. For maximum performance, you can also angle South-facing glazing to increase light transmittance in the winter (shown below). Find out more about which glazing is right for your greenhouse in this blog . Greenh...

Skygarden House home renovation in Toronto, Canadian Green Building winner
Real estate

This beautiful Renovation in Toronto is a Canadian Green Building Award Winner

...glazing were optimized for passive solar gain during the heating season and solar exclusion during the cooling season due to a large tree on the west side of the property. High-performance insulation , an airtight building envelope , triple glazing , and mechanical ventilation with energy recovery aid in minimizing s...

Net Zero Energy homes Edmonton Alberta
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Net Zero Energy house in Edmonton, Alberta

...glazing with insulating spacers between panes. Net Zero Energy home © Effect Home Builders Solar Electricity: Solar-electric systems located on all three homes will generate electricity to supply their own electricity needs, and sell any excess to local utilities. Passive solar: South fa...

Solariums in cold climates won't heat homes unless carefully designed and built
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

Solariums in cold climates won't heat your home

...glazing to minimize convection, increase comfort and improve efficiency but consider selecting a low-e glazing that will prevent overheating most of the time, unless shading is readily available; be diligent with maintenance of the junctions between the frame and glazing; install a heat pump to reduce heating and cooli...

Passive solar house design
Passive solar home design

Passive solar home design

...glazing units or windows like those from LiteZone . It's important to keep in mind that passive solar heating is not something that should intimidate you in the design phase, and it isn't an 'all or nothing' concept. It is an ancient and relatively easy concept that has been overlooked in home construction for genera...

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

...glazing - double or triple glazing? Glazing refers to the panes of glass in windows . Double-pane or double-glazed windows offer one interior cavity, usually filled with argon or krypton gas as an insulator. Triple-pane offers you a second interior cavity, but the cost goes up, along with the weight. There is no qu...

Passive solar heating & cooling in Homes has a long history in USA
Passive solar home design

Passive house and passive solar - free heat for homes

...glazing, which will then rise and draw cooler air from below. This natural process of air convection will distribute heat through your home. Blinds and curtains that are light in colour and reflective will offer more respite from the heat than materials that are dark or have matte surfaces. Of course this is only the...

Suspended-film insulating glass windows are high-performance windows
Windows and doors

Suspended-film insulating glass windows - A definitive guide for these high-performance windows

...glazing unit is a super-insulated double-glazed window that weighs less than the highest-quality triple-glazed window, yet has at least a third air chamber and a slightly higher R value. In some cases, suspended-film windows could be just the answer for the highest-performance windows in a cold climate zone or a hot ...

Lockeport Beach House
Real estate

Lockeport Beach House wins Canadian Green Building award

...glazing and heat recovery ventilation to minimize heat losses; and Energy Star appliances and LED lighting to minimize electrical loads. The asymmetrical gabled roof also leverages coastal storms, collecting rainwater that is funneled into three 6,700 litre cisterns. The storage tanks are the sole source of water for...