Windows / Guides

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

The best tips for buying windows

...windows, it is important not to blow your budget on building envelope insulation and be left affording only low grade windows, as you would be effectively undoing all your good work to date. When windows perform better, the overall R-value of the wall system is greatly improved. The table below gives an idea of what ...

When should you replace windows
Windows and doors

When should you replace old windows?

...Windows, Replace or Repair? We often get asked if it is a good idea to replace old windows with new and better performing windows to save money. Usually to the surprise and relief of homeowners we most often tell them to stick with the ones they've got. Not to say that the idea of replacing windows is always 'green w...

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

...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 point of openings have a lot more thermal bridging around the frames. Windows in the centre of the opening reduce the risk of condensation by keeping window peri...

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...

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

...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. Single hung windows only slide up from the bottom , double hung means both sashes move, allowing you to slide them ...

Correct window installation details
Windows and doors

How to install windows

...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 the north, east and west have...

Transparent solar power producing windows
Renewable energy

transparent solar panels

...windows, providing an onboard power source for electronic window functionality or to offset energy consumption in buildings. The Spark, produced by Bloomberg Business , looks at innovators finding solutions to seemingly unsolvable problems. This episode of The Spark explores this new technologly from Ubiquitous Energ...

Passive solar house design
Passive solar home design

Passive solar home design

...windows with low-e coatings to ensure that the heat gained in the daytime outweighs the heat lost at night. It's important to keep in mind that passive solar heating is not something that should intimidate you in the design phase, and it isn't an 'all or nothing' concept. It is an ancient and relatively easy concept ...

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

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

...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 winter © Ecohome Aside from the plastic sheet mentioned above, air leaks can often be fixed with a tube of caulking . In fact, it can be...

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...

Recycled barn beams and a refinished clawfoot bathtub
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Recycled & reclaimed materials

...windows: Old windows can be great for sheds and greenhouses but are best not used in exterior walls of homes, for a number of reasons. Older windows might not have had the best performance record, even in their prime. And if they have seen some useful life already, they will have a reduced lifespan, so you may find you...