Window performance / 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...

Suspended-film insulating glass windows are high-performance windows
Windows and doors

Suspended-film insulating glass windows - A definitive guide for these high-performance windows

...performance windows can get a little pricey too. But don’t get us wrong here, better-quality high-performance windows are very much worth the money. Windows are the weakest performing point in a building envelope (one would hope at least), so that’s why we used triple-glazed argon-filled passive house performance win...

Reflective window film to reduce overheating
Windows and doors

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

...window treatment product that can be applied to windows that blocks Infrared rays and the heat they bring. Sketch Nanotechnologies has developed a transparent coating called SketchNanoGard Thermal , that is rolled on as a liquid to the glazing of windows and acts as a heat shield to improve the performance of windows w...

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. This breaks down the different ratings and takes into consideration the construction, design, and all performance values of individual windows to give you a rating of between 0 and 50 as to exactly how your window will perform. With windows, you get what you pay for: It has been said of windows, that the mo...

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...

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...

Passive solar house design
Passive solar home design

Passive solar home design

...window choice is important, and to truly invest in this concept you are best to install at least triple pane gas-filled windows with low-e coatings to ensure that the heat gained in the daytime outweighs the heat lost at night - or if really wishing to Optimize window performance, consider choosing some of the latest g...

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...

Building science for LEED v4 wall design made easy
Concept and design

Building science for LEED v4 wall design made easy - video

...Window openings were built out to allow for the additional exterior insulation. The Delta air barrier was wrapped around the entire window box and into the interior. Window build outs for exterior insulation © Ecohome 4. Trusses were dropped on top after walls were completed. The trusses we needed for this hous...

Passive solar heating & cooling in Homes has a long history in USA
Passive solar home design

Passive house and passive solar - free heat for homes

...windows at it. You can pick up a lot of free heat, and if you plan your shading properly with overhangs and window layout, you can help keep it naturally cool in the summer. If you then add high performance triple glazed Passive House certified windows , then they will be optimized to gain and retain the sun's heat. ...