Windows / Guides

Renovate, Remodel or Rebuild? How to choose which is Best for Homes
Wall assemblies - renovation

Should I be renovating my home or tearing it down & rebuilding?

...windows when renovating a home: Windows will likely need replacing if you are considering a rebuild or tear-down of your home . They don’t last forever, and i...

Leed platinum plaque
Green building certifications

All about green home certification programs & rating systems for USA & Canada

...windows and doors . Any products carrying ENERGY STAR label are certified to be a high efficiency option. Other rating systems like LEED for example, will recog...

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...

Repainting and refinishing brick facades
Exterior cladding

All about painting brick, is it a good idea and what paint to use?

...Windows when Renovating or How to install siding so walls can dry , visit the Green home building guide pages at Ecohome.net, North America's trusted green buil...

The LEED rating system
LEED Homes

The LEED rating system

...windows) and more efficient appliances and fixtures. Certification requires a blower door test where homes are depressurized and tested for air leaks before d...

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...

Balanced insulation levels in a green home
Efficient home design

Insulation in Green Home Building, a balanced approach to putting it where it does the most good

...windows on the south can gain more heat in the day than they lose at night, giving you a net heat-gain. Windows on all other sides always result in a net heat-l...

Drywall and construction dust
Cleaning and maintenance

Tips for keeping air clean during renovations

...windows open. Seal air vents: At least during the time work is happening, covering vents (unless they are operational) will reduce a build up of dust that wil...

Rendering of the Ecohome demonstration house
Efficient home design

Ecohome Demo House: High performance, affordable cost

...windows on the south facade. Though it's value is not recognized in PHPP software (Passive House Planning Package), significant thermal mass within the buildi...

Rendering of River District Sustainable housing development In Vancouv
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Vancouver developer leads the way to more sustainable communities

...windows can lead to lower energy costs. One example of a progressive developer is ParkLane Homes based in Vancouver, BC. ParkLane is going above and beyond mu...

Electric Heaters - is heating with electric an eco-friendly option?
Heating with electricity

Heating with electricity

...windows, as that is where you will have your greatest heat loss. It is also important that they be installed an inch above floor levels to allow for air intake ...