Window / Guides

Top Tips for Getting a House Ready for Winter
Wall assemblies - renovation

Winter preparation for your home - are you ready for the cold?

...window frames and wall assembly from moisture damage by stopping humid air from escaping and depositing moisture in the wall around your windows. Read more here about what to look for when shopping for high performance windows. Drafts around windows and doors: Drafts in homes from windows & doors are worse in win...

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 ...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Foundations and Basements

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...window and open another . A properly-insulated slab of concrete resting on high-ground with a frost-protection skirt will outlast a house built on a crawlspace; full stop. • EPS foam can be used as a vapour barrier when installed with multiple layers and offset joints as it will not absorb moisture from the ground. ...

Multi Unit Passive House design Vancouver Island BC
Passive House

The North Park Passive House on Vancouver Island, BC

...window shades, and PV array on roof . The high performance HRV is a Zehnder Novus 300, High performance windows are made by EuroLine . Multi-family Passive House project on Vancouver Island BC Passive House interior kitchen design Vancouver Island BC P...

Smart Homes, Technology & UV can Help Reduce COVID-19
Cleaning and maintenance

Keep homes cleaner & safer with smart home features & UV light

...window shades opened or closed. The choice of smart home hubs is ever expanding - look for the best rated ones here . Smart door locks Smart door locks are deadbolt front door locks that can be operated in a number of ways - either with a smartphone, a fingerprint reader, passcodes and combinations, or with voice c...

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...

Affordable green prefab homes - contemporary rancher style - Abri 1850 BV
Architecture and plan design

Prefab Homes for Sale - Beautiful & Sustainable - Available Now

...windows are complimented by carefully calculated roof overhangs at the eaves. Affordable Prefab Green Eco Home Abri model Floorplan with Solarium and south-facing deck © Studio MMA On the north facing side, this cleverly designed prefab kit home turns it's back on the cold; and with it's high placed windows the...

Multi-unit Passive House for Heiltsuk First Nation on Campbell Island,
Passive House

Multi-unit Passive House for Heiltsuk First Nation in British Columbia

...windows by Euroline Windows Inc. ; split system heat pumps and Comfoair 200 HRV units by Zehnder . Project credits: Owner Vancouver Coastal Health Authority Architect Mobius Architecture Inc. Structural Engineer CanStruct Engineering Group Mechanical Engineer ITEC Systems Design Ltd. Electrical Engineer O...

Thermal batteries for passive solar design
Efficient home design

Thermal batteries: how to passively store heat

...window is a thermal battery of sorts as it captures and later releases heat from the sun. A well-insulated concrete floor acts as a thermal battery as well; once you pump it full of heat it takes a long time to cool down (depending on the thickness), and it regulates interior temperatures during that time. One prac...

Real estate

Are you selling a house? Here are the top 10 things homebuyers look for

...windows: This is a tricky topic - you don't often get your money back out of a window replacement unless they were in very bad condition. Sometimes repair is a more sensible option, read more about what to look for when choosing windows. But - don't be sold into replacing all your windows without first reading our page...

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 ...