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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

...windows to have a thermal barrier of rigid foam, polyurethane or wood to improve their thermal performance; aluminum frames are susceptible to water leakage at the joints in the corners. Vinyl / PVC (polyvinyl chloride) Windows: Pros: Resistant to moisture, insects, corrosion; reasonably good insulation value; ...

Vinyl record album
Healthy indoor air quality

Keep vinyl out of your home (albums excluded of course)

...vinyl (also known as PVC- polyvinyl chloride) accounts for approximately 40% of the chlorine gas produced in North America. Vinyl is highly polluting in production, and as a building product it is susceptible to UV exposure, causing it to break down and release particles. And in the unfortunate event of it being burned...

Correct window installation details
Windows and doors

How to install windows

...windows on the south side you can gain more heat in the daytime than they will lose at night. For how to choose the best windows for your house, see here . The Demo House has triple-glazed argon-filled wood frame windows from Quebec high performance window manufacturer Elite . Windows on the north, east and west have...

When should you replace windows
Windows and doors

When should you replace old windows?

...windows too. For full disclosure before we do 'our' math, we don't like vinyl and we would only ever install triple pane windows with Low- E coatings and wood or fiberglass frames. A truly accurate assessent of whether or not you should replace windows would take a quote of the windows you want and possibly energy mo...

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

...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 point of openings have a lot more thermal bridging around the frames. Windows in the centre of the opening reduce the risk of condensation by keeping window peri...

Real estate

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

...windows: This is a tricky topic - you don't often get your money back out of a window replacement unless they were in very bad condition. Sometimes repair is a more sensible option, read more about what to look for when choosing windows. But - don't be sold into replacing all your windows without first reading our page...

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

Are skylights an asset or a liability?

...Vinyl For a full rundown on How to Install windows & doors Correctly in LEED & Passive House, see here from the EcoHome Green Building Guides , north America's favourite sustainable construction tips website Members get great Discounts - sign up today...