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Windows and doors

How to install windows from Quebec manufacturer Elite. Windows on the north, east and west have been selected for maximum insulation, and differ from windows on the south whic...

Triple pane south facing windows on Ecohome's Demo House
Windows and doors

How to install windows for the best performance and durability position windows towards the center of the rough opening rather than installing them flush to the outside. Windows that are installed at the exterior p...

When should you replace windows
Windows and doors

When should you replace old windows?

...install triple pane windows with Low- E coatings and wood or fiberglass frames. A truly accurate assessent of whether or not you should replace windows wou...

Triple pane, high performance windows
Windows and doors

What to look for when buying windows

...install windows properly: Buying the best windows in the world will be a waste of money if you install them poorly. Windows should be installed airtight wi...

Triple-glazed, argon-filled windows in the Ecohome Demo House
Windows and doors

Choosing windows - Material options and function 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...

Passive solar home design
Passive solar home design

Passive solar home design

...install triple pane gas-filled windows with low-e coatings to ensure that the heat gained in the daytime outweighs the heat lost at night. It's important t...

Lifestyle and environment

Resources and getting started

...Install low flow fixtures in the kitchen and bathroom; good thick curtains are very effective in reducing heat loss; install electronic thermostats to reduce he...

Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Geothermal home heating

...Installation involves excavating trenches (at least 300 feet of them), rather than digging a well. Horizontal systems can be cheaper to install but require...

Condensation on windows leads to mold and mildew in homes

Ventilation & air exchangers was common place. This led to a build up of mould and mildew in homes. Modern day airtight homes need mechanical assistance to stop moisture damage and ...

cold climat sk
Windows and doors

Skylights: an asset or a liability?

...install skylights near humid areas like kitchens and bathrooms. If you already have one installed and it appears to be 'leaking', before you hire someone t...

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

How to design for thermal comfort in a home

...install them only. Don't have your engineer install a system, and don't have your installer engineer a system. Leaving the heating system design in the han...