How to install windows / Guides

Correct window installation details
Windows and doors

How to install windows

...Windows, how to fit windows correctly to avoid air or water leaks Watch more Green Building videos here The Edelweiss LEED Platinum V4 Demo House has been oriented towards the south to increase passive heat gain and reduce energy demand during operation. Choosing higher quality windows on all sides of your home w...

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

...to bioaccumulate too. Why not to install windows and doors with spray foam... When installing windows and doors in a home , it's essential to put comprehensive strategies in place to manage moisture in all forms, being air leakage, condensation on windows which can be hard to stop , wind-driven rain & snow, as ...

When should you replace windows
Windows and doors

When should you replace old windows?

...windows. © Ecohome The cost of replacing windows is pretty high and predominantly labour based; partly in manufacturing, but you have to factor in the cost of installation and finishing as well. So if you're going to replace old leaky windows, you might as well get good ones. To go to all that effort and install a ...

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

...windows may be a game-changer Suspended-film insulating glass windows are an intelligent way to make windows super high-performance with insulating properties up to R-17, without adding too much weight for window frames to cope with . Since air is an insulator, trapping it (or gas) between two or more panes of glass,...

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

Our top tips for buying high-performance windows

...windows on the market. Read more about high performance suspended film windows here. How to install windows properly: Proper installation is the key to long window life and high performance . Buying the best windows in the world will be a waste of money if you install them poorly. Windows should be installed airtig...

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

...windows to open. If you have a fixed budget, it may be best to install fixed windows in some places and put that extra money into quality. Casement windows have a distinct advantage in bringing in fresh air, as you can wind them out to specific angles so they direct air into your home. Windows on the same wall that h...

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

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

...to learn more about easy energy efficient home improvements , how to properly insulate an attic , When to replace old windows and when to repair them , How to choose the best windows and everything else you need to know about planning a renovation or new building project .

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

...to $50 More efficient Heating like Heat Pumps Make the switch to more energy-efficient heating equipment to save on your utility bill and reduce your carbon footprint Maximum Grant Amount: Up to $5,000 Installing Photovoltaic Solar Panels Install photovoltaic solar panels to convert sunlight energy into...

Passive solar house design
Passive solar home design

Passive solar home design

...tone or brick will absorb the most heat. For walls you can simply add a second layer of drywall (or more), if you want to keep a traditional look. A high quality window choice is important, and to truly invest in this concept you are best to install at least triple pane gas-filled windows with low-e coatings to ensur...

How radiant floors work
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

How to design for thermal comfort in a home

...to installers instead of engineers trained in that discipline. Installers are not trained on how to design a comprehensive home-comfort delivery system, they are trained on how to install them only. Don't have your engineer install a system, and don't have your installer engineer a system. Leaving the heating system ...

How much is Too Much Insulation in my Attic or Walls?
Insulation and soundproofing

How much insulation is too much in attics and walls?

...How much heat is required depends on how fast a house loses heat. How fast it loses heat depends on how well insulated it is, and how well-sealed a home is against air leakage - which in terms of a high performance homes' efficiency and durability is another hugely important factor to consider, build to and to measure ...