Winter / Guides

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

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

...winter Extremely low temperatures over winter can test your home in many ways , and sometimes your house will return a failing grade. Even brand new homes bui...

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?

...winter” mode is actually acting as a dehumidifier and that the relative humidity measures less if the unit is running in winter mode – we’ve had a few surprises...

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

...Winter days: even in the dead of winter, a solarium will heat up significantly , so much so that it may probably even overheat. Due to the lower orientation o...


Case Study: Kenogami House, Saguenay, Quebec

...winter with only passive solar heat gain and the heat normally generated though human occupancy. This will be the first winter for the Kenogami House, and its...

Transparent solar power producing windows
Renewable energy

transparent solar panels

...winter rather than hold it. And they're no better in the summer, they require huge amounts of energy to cool them down while the sun beams in and slow cooks t...

Poly vapour barriers in air conditioned houses can cause mold and rot
Healthy indoor air quality

Why you should Never Install Air-Con in a Home with a Vapor Barrier

...winter while saving a ton of money. Remember, Insulation is the gift that keeps on giving, long after that fancy new central air conditioning system needs major...

Lockeport Beach House
Real estate

Lockeport Beach House wins Canadian Green Building award

...winter sun to warm the concrete floors in the cold season. Other complementary strategies include a continuously insulated building envelope, with high performa...

Solar Air Heating Panels for Homes - How to Build DIY
Solar thermal collectors

All about solar air heaters - DIY or purchased

...winter night. If you're looking for a solar air heater to warm a building with no power, you can gain heat simply through natural convection as warm air rises...

An attic with 'insulating paint' which doesn't insulate
Insulation and soundproofing

Does 'insulating paint' work?

...winter and cooked in the summer. That's karma for you I guess. Sorry to sound so flippant about it but it really grinds my gears to see good people getting fl...

Alex and Jerelyn Wilson's Vermont farm
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Creating a farm and building a resilient lifestyle

...winters in decades. We found that, indeed, the single, 18,000 Btu/hour, air-source heat pump was able to keep the house comfortable; we only used our back-up wo...

Photovoltaic solar panels
Renewable energy

Solar heating and energy generation

...winter exposure. Windows should be designed and positioned for maximum exposure to the sun December 21, and fully shaded June 21. Pros: This should be the...