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Greenhouse Construction for Cold Climates

How to build a greenhouse in a cold climate

Three greenhouse owners share their construction methods and experiences for building greenhouses in cold climates where the benefits accumulate for food production..… Growing Fruits and vegetables all year round in Canada or the colder parts of North America would be wonderful but, sadly, our climate limits us to a...

Solariums in cold climates won't heat homes unless carefully designed and built

Solariums in cold climates won't heat your home

Solariums and sunrooms in cold climates will not add heat homes as commonly thought, unless carefully designed for Passive Solar Gain.… Solariums have been gaining in popularity over the last 20 years, as many homeowners have found them to be a very enticing solution to brightening up a long winter. They are made ev...

When should you replace windows

When should you replace old windows?

Replacing old windows in all but the most extreme cases will not save money in your lifetime. Repairing old windows or adding layers may be a more cost-effective solution.… 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 mon...

Skylights can be problematic in a high performance home

Are skylights an asset or a liability?

Skylights offer natural light in a home but account for a lot of heat loss and can cause problems in cold climates. Here are some tips for selection and installation.… So are skylights a good or bad idea? It has been said that there are two kinds of skylights; those that leak, and those that are going to leak. Th...

Correct window installation details

How to install windows

Tips for window installation that will give you the best performance and durability.… Fitting Windows, how to fit windows correctly to avoid air or water leaks  Watch more Green Building videos here The Edelweiss LEED Platinum V4 Demo House has been oriented towards the south to increase passive heat gain ...

7 Principles of a super abundant, solar, year round greenhouse

7 key principles for an abundant greenhouse

The year round off-grid greenhouse demystified, a Guest Post by Lindsey Schiller… As a native Californian transplanted into a much cooler climate (Western Quebec), I find myself mourning the loss of fresh local seasonal fruits and veggies all year long, which I understand is a first world problem on a few different ...

Correctly installed Triple pane south facing windows on Ecohome's Demo House

Installing doors & windows for the best performance in high efficiency homes, LEED & Passive House

Top Tips for installing windows & doors to prevent water leaks & air infiltration, helping them perform better & last longer, especially in LEED, Passive House & ZNE Homes… Why Installing Windows & Doors Correctly is so Important Window & Door openings are breaches in a building envelope that need to be carefully...

How to choose Triple pane, high performance windows

The best tips for buying windows

The quality of windows you install will have a big impact on both your comfort and your heating bill. Here is a guide to help you choose the best windows for your high performance home… Which windows are best? Windows are essential to our houses so getting the choice of window right is essential. They give us nat...

Wood frame Triple-glazed, argon-filled windows in the Ecohome Demo House

Choosing windows - which window frame? wood v aluminum v vinyl

The energy efficiency of your home is greatly affected by doors and windows, so choose well. Here are some tips about what to look for and what to avoid.… Material choices for window frames: Window frames can be made from a variety of materials offering different levels of performance and insulation values. Air i...

Tips for Urban Gardening and Gardening in Small Spaces

Grow food at home: 7 tips for growing food in small spaces

With a little creativity & ingenuity small spaces can be maximized for a greater food harvest from your garden & look great doing so!… Many of us look forward to the unmistakable taste of fresh, locally grown vegetables and fruit, especially those that come from our own soil. For those of you who would like to grow ...

Earthship in Taos, New Mexico, shame they don't work in cold climates

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

Despite the good intentions, Earthships in cold climates can't work because they contradict the laws of physics.… I'm not the Mike Reynolds who invented the Earthship, I'm the Mike Reynolds who thinks Earthships in Canada and other cold climates are a bad idea. A coincidence of names; just putting that out there so ...

Advice

Passive windows and doors

Posted by Raoul Lions Jan. 25, 2019, 2:18 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

Can I reclaim old triple slider windows?

Posted by Keanan Toews Jan. 20, 2019, 1:01 p.m. Windows and doors 0 Responses

Should I replace my skylights with solar tubes?

Posted by Elizabeth Brown Nov. 30, 2018, 9:32 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

How to seal windows from exterior for water and air seal but not vapour seal?

Posted by Piyush Prince Nov. 7, 2018, 12:10 a.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

Replacement windows in a double wall envelope house

Posted by Anonymous Anonymous June 25, 2018, 10:25 p.m. Windows and doors 3 Responses

Advice for replacing old windows

Posted by Anonymous Dec. 11, 2017, 12:50 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

Is it worth investing in triple-pane windows?

Posted by Anonymous July 8, 2017, 12:39 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

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