Window performance / Guides

Prefab LEED Passive House Kit Homes the Future of House Building?
Passive House

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of home building?

...windows (2x more efficient than ENERGY STAR® double glazing) A double layer of low-emissivity window film selected for maximum insulating value (R6) Thermal and acoustic comfort (triple-pane windows transmit less sound than double pane). Chosen Triple-Glazed Window Brand: Elite doors and windows Low-mainten...

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...

Problem areas of air leakage in a home and blower door test being cond
Air and vapour barriers

Airtight Construction of Homes is Essential: "Your house sucks." "Oh yeah? your house blows!"

...window (literally) if you forgo A/C and employ natural ventilation in summer. With some design foresight, habit alterations and some window action, you can keep a house pretty comfortable in summer on all but the most brutally hot and humid days. Some last thoughts on living habits that may help with balancing air pr...

heat pumps in tandem with heat pump hot water tanks
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Increased efficiency with heat pumps working in tandem

...Windows are a part of that but they are also part of our energy performance strategy. The house is laid out south facing to maximize passive solar heat gain, so we have designed and chosen windows to take best advantage of that. Window glazings on the North, East and West have an R value of 8.4, but intentionally o...

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, 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 ...

Prefab Passive House & LEED Kit Homes for Sale in Ontario & North Eastern US
Concept and design

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of buying a new home?

...windows (2x more efficient than ENERGY STAR® double glazing) A double layer of low-emissivity window film selected for maximum insulating value (R6) Thermal and acoustic comfort (triple-pane windows transmit less sound than double pane). Chosen Triple-Glazed Window Brand: Elite doors and windows Low-mainten...

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

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

...performance fiberglass windows 0.5 ACH (Air changes per hour) at 50 PA Energy Recovery Ventilator rated at 94% efficiency 225 kg per sq.ft. of thermal mass to store heat and balance interior temperatures Alvia exterior automated blinds Non-toxic environment: It has been estimated t...

Passive House certification - PHI or PHIUS? The Spring House Passive House
Passive House

Everything you need to know about Passive House certification

...windows for a Passive House is key. Heat gain mustn’t be offset by losses caused by badly insulated glass or air leakage due to poor window frame installation (see how to improve window installation for Passive House here) . The third theme is efficient systems. After all, the best way to make energy savings after prop...

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...

Basement Design for walls prevents mold & midlew when renovating & finishing
Healthy indoor air quality

Basement renovations: How to prevent mold when finishing basements

...performance, we prefer mineral wool or EPS over XPS . XPS has a slightly higher R value per inch, but like SPUF, the blowing agents are exponentially more harmful, about 200 times more than EPS. What else helps prevent mold growing in basements? Ventilation! Another considerable improvement in keeping basements mol...

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 who created the “Passivhaus” standard, credits the Saskatchewan Conservation House for its inspiration. Some Canadians do wear a proper winter coat Or mayb...