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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...

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...

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...

How to insulate basements properly
Insulation and soundproofing

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction

...performance and durability is achieved by insulating both the interior and exterior of foundation walls. This technique can increase the thermal performance of basements, reducing heat loss and operating costs. It also helps reduce the chance of interior moisture issues by raising the temperature of the first interior ...

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...

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 ...

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...

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...

Using caulk to make a seal, but which type is best?
Air and vapour barriers

Which is the best caulk or sealant for caulking windows and bathrooms etc?

...window and door sealing tape for installing windows in some of our previous green home projects and found not only was specialized joint tape cleaner, but it did a better job at air sealing. Watch our DIY how to install windows properly video to see more. What is caulking best for? As a general rule, exterior caulk...

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...