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 are not all created equal, choosing the right ones and a proper installation will have a huge impact on how they perform and how long they last. Now you know when to change windows, see How to install windows and doors correctly here , from the EcoHome Green Building Guides or see here to discover whether sky...

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

The best tips for buying windows

...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 airtight with no thermal bridging and be able to shed any moisture that finds its way in. T...

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 .

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...

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

Ventilation & air exchangers

...topped the flow of moist air through walls, this of course led to a buildup of moisture in homes, and condensation on windows was common place and hard to stop . This led to a build up of mould and mildew in homes. Modern day airtight homes need mechanical assistance to stop moisture damage and protect indoor air quali...

Better Basement Design on basement walls prevents mold and midlew
Healthy indoor air quality

Basement renovations: How to prevent mold when finishing basements

...to be moldy, that is the first thing to realize. It's easy to build a basement better, or to finish an existing basement correctly , we just need to realize that they behave differently than above grade walls and to build accordingly to effectively deal with the humidity found underground - and by doing so, stop the ...

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 ...

Renovate, Remodel or Rebuild? How to choose which is Best for Homes
Wall assemblies - renovation

Should I be renovating my home or tearing it down & rebuilding?

...to be relocated to the main floor, so you'd need to factor space for that in your new plans. Radon protection as well as radiant floor heating can be done at this time also. If the floor joists are in reasonable condition and you want to keep using the crawlspace for storage and mechanical systems, see our page on ho...

Repainting and refinishing brick facades
Exterior cladding

All about painting brick, is it a good idea and what paint to use?

...how to repaint and refinish bricks and masonry. T o learn about other home renovation topics such as Siding Types & Costs: Which is Best? How to Choose Siding? , When to replace old Windows when Renovating or How to install siding so walls can dry , visit the Green home building guide pages at Ecohome.net, North Americ...