Wind / Guides

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

...window placement can easily reduce your heating needs by 25 percent. Window design considerations Operational windows (the ones that open) can work in several ways . Casement and awning windows wind open with a hand crank, s liders slide open sidesways, single and double hung windows open by sliding vertically. S...

Efficient green home design choices
Concept and design

Efficient home design, or how to design a home to use less energy

The principles of green building: High performance, energy efficient Eco homes may include features like geothermal heating, wind power and solar panels, but these are not the defining features of green living. They come in second, and some you can even do without. A green home starts with being well-designed, well-...

Commercial Living green roof on the Helen Schuler Nature centre
Roof coverings

Living green roofs: the secrets to success

...Wind: Lethbridge is renowned for high winds. We knew that if we didn’t design to mitigate wind erosion, it would pose a risk. We planned for this by ensuring the roof was well vegetated, that it was protected from erosion during establishment, and that the growing medium we selected was not ultra-light and prone to w...

Solar Electricity Generation & Storage with no Batteries, Azelio
Renewable energy

Azelio Solar solutions combine electricity generation & storage without Batteries

...wind generators or both , and optimized to store excess electric during the day by using it to produce molten aluminum alloy (luaminum is one of the most widely used and recycled metals in the world, and a very common element in the Earth's crust). Using the Stirling engine, the heat stored in the alloy is converted ...

Built to ENDURE: the Net Zero Heat Kenogami House
Efficient home design

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

...window sills, doors, showers and countertops LED lighting (LED bulbs have an extremely long lifespan as well as being energy efficient) Triple pane fiberglass windows Stainless steel exterior door thresholds Asphalt waterproofing membrane under steel roof covering Foundation anchored in rock User friendly...

The village of Baie-Saint-Paul in Charlevoix
Choosing where to live

Moving to the country - living a rural lifestyle

...wind barrier. If you have small ones that will soon be meeting the axe, see about replanting them to the north. Deciduous trees to the south (trees that lose their leaves in the fall) can be very effective for passive solar design by offering shade in the summer, yet allowing the sun to pass through in winter for sol...

Backyard solar panels
Grants and incentives

The Ontario MicroFIT program

...Wind 13.5 20 Water Power 13.1 40 Biomass 13.8 20 Biogas 16 20 Landfill gas 11 20 If you are interested in applying, it is very important to pay attention to the eligibility requirements for each energ...

Tyvek home wrap left exposed to wind and UV rays
Air and vapour barriers

Choosing the right house wrap / weather barrier, which is best?

...wind pressure. Since a conventional housewrap is usually held on by staples, the back and forth ballooning of those loose weather barriers can over time enlarge staple and nail holes and reduce their ability to prevent air leakage. With no stapling needed and being fully adhered to the sheathing, wind and air pressur...

How radiant floors work
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

How to design for thermal comfort in a home As warm, humid indoor air comes in contact with cold windows in winter, it cools, the moisture within it condenses on the window, and the cooler, denser air falls, creating air movement and the sensation of a draft. The interior surface of triple-pane windows are warmer than double-pane windows resulting in ...

The difference between air barriers and vapour barriers
Air and vapour barriers

The Difference between air barriers and vapor barriers

...wind to howl right through it. A wool sweater with a raincoat will keep you warm but hold moisture inside and soak your insulation. A wool sweater with a windbreaker will keep you warm, stop the wind from stealing your heat, yet allow moisture to difuse through it. So think of a windbreaker as an air barrier, and a r...

Swimming Pool Heating - Save energy & money & be Eco-friendly as possible Tips
Natural swimming pools and ponds

Heating a Swimming Pool - Top 10 Cost-Efficient & Eco-friendly ways to heat a pool

...wind, as wind on the surface of a pool creates ripples or small waves. Heat loss through evaporation is an interaction of water temperature, air temperature, humidity, and surface area of the pool. A flat, tranquil swimming pool will have a water surface area equal to the physical dimensions of the pool. Ripples and wa...