Window frames / 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 frames: Window frames can be made from a variety of materials offering different levels of performance and insulation values. Air in the cavities between panes expands as it heats up and contracts as it cools, which puts pressure on the seals and frames. When we speak of durable and sturdy windows, we are re...

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

...window frames to rough openings can be a quick and easy step that will further reduce any risk of air leakage between window frames and rough openings. Inset 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...

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...

Vinyl record album
Healthy indoor air quality

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

...window frames Wooden baby toys and chairs There are a lot of toxic materials in homes and they have a cumulative effect on indoor air quality . We aren't advocating stripping every home to the studs and starting over, but as you make repairs and changes or start a new building project, there are a lot of safer an...

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

The best tips for buying windows

...windows with high quality window frames. And remember that the frame of your window can actually represent up to 25% of the total window area, so the same logic applies here: a low frame R-value will result in poor overall window performance whatever the quality of the glazing. Typical SHGC values to look for based...

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

Are skylights an asset or a liability?

...window or skylight is a breach in your building envelope, so great care should be taken for long term durability and performance. Below are some valuable tips for window installation. Also, See here to know which type of window frame to choose between wood, aluminum or PVC / Vinyl For a full rundown on How to Insta...

Condensation on windows in our homes - why is it there? - how to stop it?
Walls and Roofs

Condensation on windows is a pain but is it a problem & how to stop it?

...windows , and the best way to keep on top of condensation around windows is to be on the lookout for any damage to the sealant around the window frame as this can allow water in – to learn how to fit and seal windows properly, see here . Also, if there is some condensation, try to wipe down windows and window sills p...

Top Tips for Getting a House Ready for Winter
Wall assemblies - renovation

Winter preparation for your home - are you ready for the cold?

...window frames and wall assembly from moisture damage by stopping humid air from escaping and depositing moisture in the wall around your windows. Read more here about what to look for when shopping for high performance windows. Drafts around windows and doors: Drafts in homes from windows & doors are worse in win...

MDF Formaldehyde Free Alternatives - Made from Rice Stalks
Healthy indoor air quality

The formaldehyde-free MDF non-toxic alternative made of natural rice-stalks

...window frames and doors, moldings, acoustic panels, interior doors, flooring, pergolas, etc. Worth noting - beyond just the toxins in sealants, as well as binders and adhesives found in most composite wood materials, there are other durability and air quality issues with MDF and other engineered building products. So...

Solariums in cold climates won't heat homes unless carefully designed and built
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

Solariums in cold climates won't heat your home

...windows. "We had a sofa leaning against the glass wall in the middle of the solarium, and when sitting there in winter it often felt like there was a window open.” Denis attributes this sensation to the natural convection of warm air rising and cool air dropping . “The warm air in the center of the room would rise to...

The Best 10 Energy Saving Tips for Green Homes - EcoHome
Wall assemblies - renovation

Green home improvements: an energy-saving pyramid scheme that actually works!

...windows and doors, and see where your efforts are best spent. Pay particular attention to deadbolt and door lock striker plate holes running into the wall cavity. Plastic on windows: If you have old leaky windows , as a temporary winter fix for a few bucks per window you can put a thin sheet of plastic over them that...