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 be...

When should you replace windows
Windows and doors

When should you replace old windows?

...Windows, Replace or Repair? We often get asked if it is a good idea to replace old windows with new and better performing windows to save money. Usually to...

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. Inse...

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 a...

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 ...

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

Are skylights an asset or a liability?

...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 In...

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

Winter troubleshooting - are you ready for the cold?

...windows with plastic will likely mean you can keep your thermostat a little lower and feel the same level of comfort. It will also protect your window fram...

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 ope...

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

How to design for thermal comfort in a home

...windows. 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, d...

Passive home designer Harold Orr, one of the original high performance homes
Passive solar home design

The principal designer of the house that inspired the global Passivhaus movement reflects on the project that started it all.

...window manufacturers are now building triple glazed, double low E, argon filled windows with very tight well insulated window frames. Exterior door units ar...

Passive House in Quebec
Passive House

The Passive-Aggressive House - Our History of a Passivhaus Build

...window shutters meant to compensate for the flimsy windows they had to settle for. The Germans didn’t forget, however. Wolfgang Feist, one of the two physicists...

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