Windows / Guides

Lifestyle and environment

Resources and getting started

...windows with plastic in winter. These upgrades don’t necessarily have to cost you a lot, you could also consider talking to the landlord about footing the bill for material costs. More and more people are inquiring about utility costs when renting, so making these upgrades increases the value of the property and makes ...

The Affordable Architect-Designed Modern Green prefab 2 Bed kit home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed modern Green prefab 2 bed kit home

...windows for natural lighting that can reduced heating costs when oriented for passive solar heat gain . Some kit houses we feature are Passive House ready , and some, like Le Refuge, are built ready to meet the LEED for Homes rating system requirements in terms of energy-efficiency, healthy indoor air quality and the...

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...

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...

Concrete floors and timber frame as thermal mass
Efficient home design

The pros and cons of thermal mass in buildings

...windows at night to cool a house, it will take longer to release heat if it is stored in tons of dense material. During an extended heat wave, you’ll win for the first couple of days as the cool mass absorbs heat from the air, but you will probably find the average temperature creeping up a little everyday if it's a lo...

Reducing the need for air conditioning
Heating and cooling

How to keep homes cool without air conditioning

...windows, electrical and plumbing openings, and seal any cracks. Close all your windows during the heat of the day, and get your fresh air at night. Pay attention to the temperatures inside and out, and wait until it's actually cooler outside to open up the windows. Block out the sun during the day with opaque curta...

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 ...

Efficient home design

Phase change building materials - natural heat storage in buildings

...windows at night to expel unwanted heat, but this isn't always a functional solution if you think about office towers with windows that don't open. In such commercial applications though, what it can do is postpone the need for cooling until off-peak hours. Even just that has very tangible benefits - by shifting the ...

Net Zero Energy Homes Pilot Canada
Green building certifications

Net zero energy homes Canadian pilot results

...windows , high-efficiency heating and ventilation systems to keep the overall consumption of the home as low as possible, and then renewable energy sources like roof top solar panels must provide enough power to operate the home. Read more about the Net Zero Home Pilot program beginnings, and here we will cover the res...

The high performance almost ZNE Warburg house by bioi - built for under $100,00
Efficient home design

A High Performance Home on a Shoe String Budget (Almost ZNE!)

...Windows and skylights are positioned to take full advantage of the natural light from the southern exposure, and are detailed with extruded wooden frames that accentuate their placement and views. To provide comfortable living in a small space, the Warburg house is essentially divided into two halves, a public side a p...

Net Zero Homes - Canada's first certified Net Zero House in BC
Green building certifications

The first Net Zero-labelled homes in Canada

...windows and doors for Zero Net Energy homes , with a Solar Heat Gain Coefficient [SHGC] of 0.18 and a North American Fenestration Standards [NAFS] performance grade rating of PG50 Plus. A modern design of Net Zero Home © Falcon Ridge Contracting To see more about Net Zero Homes see here , fr...