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

Our top tips for buying high-performance windows

...entilate the home without depending on mechanical systems, a means of emergency exit, and they offer an alternative way to heat homes free of charge through passive solar heating . But they are also holes in our wall structure, making them by far the weakest part of the thermal envelope of any home unless we choose goo...

heat pumps in tandem with heat pump hot water tanks
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Increased efficiency with heat pumps working in tandem

...e Heating - Which Types are Best? Renewable Energy - What are the Best Ways to Generate Power at Home? Find more about green home construction and reap the benefits of a free Ecohome Network Membership here . Related topics to how well heat pumps work In LEED or Passive House homes : The benef...

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

...e to temperature changes. This can extend the life of the seals,delaying the inevitable day when the gas escapes. They can be made in a variety of colours, as well as with a wood laminate interior for a more traditional look. Fibreglass frames are the preferred material of the LEED for Homes rating system due to pe...

When should you replace windows
Windows and doors

When should you replace old windows?

...e cleaning them, moisture venting valves are then installed in those holes to make sure air can flow through and remove moisture in the future so the problem doesn't reoccur. This creates a convection loop in between the panes, so after a repair, a double-pane window may perform more like a single-pane window. While th...

Passive solar house design
Passive solar home design

Passive solar home design

...ept. It is an ancient and relatively easy concept that has been overlooked in home construction for generations. To see more about Passive Solar heated homes see here , to discover about Passive House Certification and Design see here , both from EcoHome's Green Building Guides To see more videos from EcoHome dem...

The Affordable Architect-Designed Modern Green prefab 2 Bed kit home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed modern Green prefab 2 bed kit home

...e the idea of affordable green prefab home kits that are a little larger and family sized, see here for the full range available. An Affordable Modern 2 Bed prefab home floor plan - Le Refuge S750 - see details here Now you know more about the beautiful and Architect Designed Le Refuge modern green pref...

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

...e weakest performing point in a building envelope (one would hope at least), so that’s why we used triple-glazed argon-filled passive house performance windows when we built our experimental high-performance demonstration homes : like the LEED Platinum Kenogami House , the LEED V4 Platinum Edelweiss House , and the LEE...

Reflective window film to reduce overheating
Windows and doors

Product feature: window film treatment to reflect heat and lower air conditioning bills

...ern and Central USA. These extreme summer temperatures pose a very real health risk to the most vulnerable members of society. There are some tips to help keep a home cool during a heat wave, but faced with long spells of very high temperatures, that becomes increasingly difficult to do as heat is stored in the therm...

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed Modern Green prefab tiny house kit home
Tiny house

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed modern Green prefab tiny house kit home

...e the idea of affordable green prefab home kits that are a little larger and family sized, see here for the full range available. An Affordable Modern Tiny House prefab home floor plan - Le Refuge - see details here Now you know more about the beautiful and Architect Designed Le Refuge modern green pref...