Windows / Guides

Skylights can be problematic in a high performance home
Windows and doors

Are skylights an asset or a liability?

...windows & doors Correctly in LEED & Passive House, see here from the EcoHome Green Building Guides , north America's favourite sustainable construction tips web...

LEED Platinum prefabricated home Kit
LEED Homes

LEED® Platinum prefab kit home has superior air quality and performance

...windows facing south with a superb view of the lake and the Laurentians. The house is only 1,500 square feet, but the wider corridors and doors for wheelchair a...

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 High Performance Windows & Doors are an essential part of all homes when building new or renovating, & especially when going for Passive House certifi...

PSI

Case Study: Kenogami House, Saguenay, Quebec

...Windows are triple pane, fibreglass framed, argon filled with an average R value of 4.5. Window glazing is 91% south facing to avoid heat loss and maximise sola...

BC Energy Step Codes - Builder Design Guide &  Requirements explained
Building codes

The new BC energy step code: builder design guide & requirements explained - Vancouver

...windows and doors are properly sealed . New BC Energy Step Codes - A Step in the Right Direction How the BC energy step code works: The BC Building Co...

Skygarden House home renovation in Toronto, Canadian Green Building winner
Real estate

This beautiful Renovation in Toronto is a Canadian Green Building Award Winner

...windows, creates a stack effect in the cooling season, drawing warm air upward and cool air in at the lower levels. The large skylights and open stair also br...

Passively-heated off-grid LEED Gold home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog part 6 - energy modeling projections and real performance

...windows, to the tune of 4,306 kWh/year. Putting these figures together shows that over 31% of the total heating needed for this home is accomplished by sun stre...

Mixed interior room lighting
Lighting

Home lighting design

The first thought of home lighting design should be the orientation of windows for quality of life, but also passive solar heat gain. Not only does the sun off...

Hawaii Preparatory Academy Energy Laboratory
Living Building Challenge

What is the Living Building Challenge?

...windows. 9) Healthy air: To ensure safe indoor air quality, the following requirements must be met: Entryways must have an external dirt track-in system...

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 ope...

Better Basement Design on basement walls prevents mold and midlew
Healthy indoor air quality

Basement renovations: How to prevent mold when finishing basements

...windows (and walls) aren’t dripping, relax! However, if your basement has a certain musty smell, or telltale black mildew and mold marks in corners or behind ...