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How to Insulate Exterior Walls from the Outside US Canada Ecohome

The easiest way to insulate walls from the exterior in older homes

Fitting extra insulation to an older home when renovating can be a great idea, but when insulating exterior walls from the outside take care to do it right. Ecohome investigates the easiest ways to retro-fit insulation to walls.… How to insulate house walls from the outside Adding extra insulation to the exterior wall…

Condensation on windows in our homes - why is it there? - how to stop it?

Condensation on windows is a pain but is it a problem & how to stop it?

Condensation on windows is a pain in winter and runs down the wall can mean hidden issues in our homes - What causes fogged up windows, how big a problem is it and, most importantly, how do we stop it?… Condensation on Windows – Is it Bad? It’s that time of year when condensation on windows becomes a pain, we wake up…

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 f…

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 even…

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 money. U…

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. This is…

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 and reduce …

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 le…

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 mana…

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 natural …

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 in the…

Advice

Combo structural sheathing, WRB and thin insulation panel in Ontario?

Posted by Steve Bull Jan. 14, 2020, 6:06 p.m. Walls and Roofs 1 Responses

Is Condensation on Windows a bad sign?

Posted by Greg Olmstead Dec. 12, 2019, 6:21 a.m. Walls and Roofs 1 Responses

Is the ZIP sheathing system good or bad for water control?

Posted by Trevor Prinz Nov. 26, 2019, 4:03 p.m. Walls and Roofs 4 Responses

How to fix condensation on ceilings?

Posted by Jessica Sadler Nov. 13, 2019, 11:48 a.m. Walls and Roofs 1 Responses

What is the best way to seal around windows?

Posted by Bryan Squirrell Oct. 8, 2019, 8:53 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

What windows should you use when trying to build a Passive House?

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 1 Responses

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