Installing windows / Guides

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

How to install windows for the best performance and durability

...windows: 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...

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

Choosing windows - Material options and function

...windows wind open with a hand crank, s liders slide open sidesways, single and double hung windows open by sliding vertically. Single hung windows only sli...

Condensation on windows leads to mold and mildew in homes
Ventilation

Ventilation & air exchangers

...windows 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 ...

Lifestyle and environment

Resources and getting started

...installing Energy Star windows , doors and appliances. Along with those incentives, efficient appliances usually save more over their lifetimes than the added c...

Photovoltaic solar panels
Renewable energy

Solar heating and energy generation

...windows facing south and building your house within 15 degrees of the east/west axis, you can reduce your heating needs by as much as 25% or more. A succes...

Real estate

Are you selling a house? Here are the top 10 things homebuyers look for

...windows 5. Kitchen island 6. Large linen closets 7. Open-concept kitchen 8. Large windows 9. Two-car garage ...

Harold Orr, one of the early innovators of high performance home desig
Passive solar home design

The principal designer of the house that inspired the global Passivhaus movement reflects on the project that started it all.

...Windows: Unfortunately, at the time we built the SCH the best windows were only about R2. These windows were essentially holes in the walls. We placed most...

LEED Platinum Prefab Homes
LEED Homes

LEED Platinum Pre-fab Homes

...installing formaldehyde-free solid wood cabinets and zero VOC paints and finishes. Some other features that this home includes are: HEPA filtered air exchanger ...

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

7 key principles for an abundant greenhouse

...installing perimeter insulation underground. This also connects the greenhouse to the thermal mass of the soil underground, which you can use to heat and cool t...

ProductiveHouse in Montreal
Choosing where to live

Green living in the city

...windows and doors , replacing old inefficient doors and windows, install electronic thermostats and dimmer switches, install water-reducing and dual flush toile...

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

Basement renovations: how to prevent mold when retrofitting basements

...installing them is the worst thing you could possibly do down there. Basement renovations demonstrating mold growth in internal stud wall © Ecohome ...

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