When to replace windows / Guides

When should you replace windows
Windows and doors

When should you replace old windows?

...to recoup the money before needing to be replaced again. When to replace windows: If your windows are extremely damaged by water infiltration you have...

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Triple pane south facing windows on Ecohome's Demo House
Windows and doors

How to install windows for the best performance and durability

...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 p...

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Triple pane, high performance windows
Windows and doors

What to look for when buying windows

...to back off on the ceiling a bit and put that money and insulation into your walls instead. So when you apply that principle to windows, it is important no...

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Icicles are an indication of heat loss, which can cause damage to insu
Wall assemblies - renovation

Winter troubleshooting - are you ready for the cold?

...to see outside. Poorly performing windows will also make a home feel drafty and cold when you're near them, so covering your windows with plastic will like...

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Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Award winning Net Zero house in Edmonton

...tor. The objective for the new home (to replace a 1950’s bungalow with all the imaginable problems that could come with it) was to design and build a home for a...

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Choosing where to live

What makes a home livable to you?

...to disappear for many Vancouverites, as single-family housing stock diminishes and housing prices continue to rise to record-breaking heights. We now live in in...

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Mixed interior room lighting

Home lighting design

...to heat, while only 20% is converted into light. Compare that to LED’s which are 80% efficient, meaning they convert 80% of energy into light, and only 20% into...

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Recycled barn beams and a refinished clawfoot bathtub
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Recycled & reclaimed materials

...to get your hands on some great stock. Please feel free to add comments below if you have ideas of your own. Collecting used building materials Doors:...

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Choosing between renovating and rebuilding
Wall assemblies - renovation

Renovating or tearing down and starting over

...windows to help with selection. Read more about when to replace windows . Rebuilding roofs: Beyond just the quality of the roofing material is the str...

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Energy modeling simulation of heat loss through thermal bridging
Efficient home design

What is a thermal bridge and why is it so important to break it?

...to look at the R value rating of a material and assume that our entire wall assembly matches it uniformly. But when you factor in the thermal bridges caused by ...

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Greenhouses and solariums

How to build a greenhouse in a cold climate

...tober. But the couple would like to add a heat source of some kind to extend the functional use to three seasons. Type of crop & yield: Mostly tomatoe...

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