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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 is warmer. And if there are more air chambers, well, it should be warmer! We conclude then, that suspended-film insulating glass windows should reduce condensation. Who makes suspended-film insulating glass windows? As insulating glass suspended-film sealed units will fit into practically any standard triple ...

When should you replace windows
Windows and doors

When should you replace old windows? frames - or the new generation suspended-film insulating-glass windows or glazing units .. A truly accurate assessent of whether or not you should replace windows would take a quote of the windows you want and possibly energy modeling of your existing winodws and potential new ones to see how far out your payba...

Passive solar house design
Passive solar home design

Passive solar home design

...insulating-glass glazing units or windows like those from LiteZone . It's important to keep in mind that passive solar heating is not something that should intimidate you in the design phase, and it isn't an 'all or nothing' concept. It is an ancient and relatively easy concept that has been overlooked in home constr...

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

7 key principles for an abundant greenhouse

...insulating around your foundation, or simply 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 the greenhouse via a Ground to Air Heat Transfer system. Learn how to insulate your foundation here . ...

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

Our top tips for buying high-performance windows

...insulating glass sealed units in windows • Install the windows in a way that minimizes thermal bridging, which causes heat to be conducted through the wall framing via the window frame. This can be best achieved by centering windows in the wall rather than having them flush to the outside as we most commonly see. Eli...

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.

...insulating the basement walls all the way to the footings and insulating the basement floor would result in frost damage to the foundation. This has since been disproven, but it was a serious concern in how to insulate a basement if one was installed. The floor joist space was blown full of cellulose fibre to insulat...

Mixed interior room lighting

Home lighting design Skylights are an attractive feature, but they lose a lot of heat. And in the cold Canadian climate you could be asking for trouble. All windows gradually lose their interior insulating gases, and that is usually when skylights become a real problem . Proper room ventilation can help, like a ceiling fan n...

Slab on grade or a foundation and basement?
Foundation choices

Slab-on-grade vs foundation and crawlspace or basement, you definitely won’t be drinking from it again. Without a basement you will need to account for a main floor laundry and utility room, so factor that into your plans. A utility room can be noisy, so try to situate it away the general living areas and be sure to soundproof the walls. Be sure to check out Th...

Using caulk to make a seal, but which type is best?
Air and vapour barriers

Which is the best caulk or sealant for caulking windows and bathrooms etc? and ceramic tile, but it can also be used to seal joints in wood surfaces. It will only be able to fill a maximum joint width of 9mm effectively, and should be used only where little movement is expected. It has a 10-year life expectancy, and is available in a wide range of colors. It can be painted over when it ...

Condensation on windows in our homes - why is it there? - how to stop it?
Walls and Roofs

Condensation on windows is a pain but is it a problem & how to stop it? of chardonnay or a cold beer – with the exception that one denotes a pain in the butt, the other pleasure! Condensation on glass - no cause for celebration! The reason we notice condensation most on glass is that it’s an impervious material – the water has nowhere to go so it sits there, waiting for us ...

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

...insulating-glass glazing units and windows . Window flashing detail in a high-performance home with exterior insulation © Glen Sakuth Angled bottom sills: by building your sills on a slight angle out, any water that finds its way in will be directed to the exterior. Window flashings: after wrapping weather ...