Skylight / Guides

Skylights can be problematic in a high performance home
Windows and doors

Are skylights an asset or a liability?

...skylight will save you energy and headaches is if you leave it in the store and don't mess around with the continuity of your roof. Light well with a reflective tube may be a better option than a skylight © Skylights Plus Instead of a skylight, consider a light well There is an alternative to skylights that y...

LEED Platinum Prefab Home Kits
LEED Homes

LEED Platinum Pre-fab Homes

...skylight, it will close automatically when it starts to rain, as well as open automatically if the temperature goes above 22C. An important part of certifying homes to LEED standards is education. Homeowners are taught about their operating systems and how to use them, so you aren't left scratching your head with a s...

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

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...skylight and the hot air rushes out, creating a vacuum and drawing in fresh air through the earth tubes. If you intentionally release heat you worked hard to collect, to me that qualifies as heat loss, especially if you have to compensate by burning fossil fuels to warm your house again. A good quality HRV can extrac...

Mixed interior room lighting

Home lighting design

...Skylights It has often been said that there are two kinds of skylights; the ones that leak, and the ones that are GOING to leak. While not completely accurate, there is some truth to it. While there are many that leak, oftentimes there is a problem with condensation that is mistakenly diagnosed as an exterior leak....