Window installation / Guides

Correct window installation details
Windows and doors

How to install windows

...window, and with the right 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 th...

Indoor hydroponic vegetable garden
Food production

Growing food indoors

...window has never been easier As we here at Ecohome know all too well, the 100-mile diet can be a bit tricky in the middle of a Canadian winter, unless you eat a lot of ice cubes. Julien Yensen Martin, founder of Biocity, aims to make that easier with his new hydroponic window system. Inspired by the Window Farms ...

Reflective window film to reduce overheating
Windows and doors

Product feature: window film treatment to reflect heat and lower air conditioning bills

...windows. In Reality, rarely does the cost of window replacement purely for saving money actually translate into more money in your pocket, as the cost of purchasing and installing windows usually far exceeds the added energy savings. Read more here about when to replace windows and when to repair them. Windows are wi...

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 have a lifespan of about 20 years, so it is fairly normal to have to replace them. Window thermal unit, image via Europages Replacing window thermals is often an option, that's done without having to remove and change the entire window, you just remove the trim on the inside of the window (whether it is...

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...

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

Our top tips for buying high-performance windows

...windows on the market. Read more about high performance suspended film windows here. How to install windows properly: Proper installation is the key to long window life and high performance . Buying the best windows in the world will be a waste of money if you install them poorly. Windows should be installed airtig...

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...

Balanced insulation levels in a green home
Efficient home design

Insulation in Green Home Building, a balanced approach to putting it where it does the most good

...windows: Another case of balancing your thermal envelope is in terms of window quality . Having an extremely well-insulated wall is great, but if you blew the budget on insulation and had to put in low-quality windows, they become the weak link in the chain and you can effectively undo all your own efforts to reduce ...

Smart Door Lock Buying Guide - Easy DIY Project
Mechanical systems

Smart door lock buying guide

...window if you don’t have a key hidden. Smart door locks and simple combination front door locks that can be operated from a smart phone or even just with a passcode means you never have to worry about losing your keys – though you do now need to at least remember the combo : ) Door lock with combination passcode - ...

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.

...Windows: Unfortunately, at the time we built the SCH the best windows were only about R2. These windows were essentially holes in the walls. We placed most of the windows on the South side, and because of their poor Rvalue we installed shutters on the outside of the windows. The large windows on the main floor had ...