Installing windows / Guides

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...

Passive home designer Harold Orr, one of the original high performance homes
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 of...

Building a Passive House that's LEED Certified too - an Owner's Tale
Passive House

An owner/builder's account of building a Passive House

...windows . Achieving airtightness requires the use of some fairly high-tech materials but the result is a house that uses next to no energy. Passive House fr...

LEED Platinum Prefab Home Kits
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 exch...

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...

How to Choose between an HRV and ERV system
HRV and ERV

Choosing between an HRV and an ERV

...installing either HRV or ERV Ventilation Exchanger Systems . The key questions are: How much fresh air is enough? How much fresh air comes in throug...

Naugler House: the most energy efficient Passive House design in New Brunswick
Efficient home design

New Brunswick's most energy efficient home is Passive House designed

...Windows : Internorm ThermoPassiv sourced through Northwin Windows Thermolec 2kw Thermo Air resistance heater unit Zehnder Comfoair 200 HRV Naugler House...

Earthship in Taos, New Mexico, shame they don't work in cold climates
Concept and design

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...windows and acts as a heat collector and greenhouse where food is produced all year. ***** That's all great stuff, and it seems to work fine in New Mexico...

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

Basement renovations: How to prevent mold when finishing basements

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

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...installing insulation batts, you can easily have small gaps. It takes as little as 1/8th of an inch space between batts and studs to start an air convection and...

Mobile tiny house
Tiny house

Is Tiny House living in a cold climate good or bad for the planet?

...windows and a door; but instead of those costs being spread over 1,000 or more square feet, they may be spread over only 100 square feet. So, relative to the ...