All In This Together

Another summer in the books. Without a doubt the most unique summer any of us have ever experienced. Finding our way through all the difficulties faced by our industry, and by so many others, has taken a toll on everyone. I have tried to take a break from the news, social media, and the ever present “so how are you managing COVID?” question

Westeck Passive House Certified Window


Westeck manufactured what it says is the first and only swing solid wood casement Passive House certified window in North America. The company could not reach the final values with solid wood, but found cork to be the “silver bullet.” The author says cork is an excellent insulator and was readily available in the compressed shapes needed and, once laid into the frame and sash, allowed Westeck to achieve Passive House numbers.

BC Wood Excursion Tour

BC Wood Factory Excursion Tour at Westeck

With buildings being the leading source of GHG emissions in Canada, new building standards like Passive House and the BC Energy Step Code are becoming norm to achieve sustainability targets and address climate change – and we are seeing dramatic changes, performance demands, and advances in North American fenestration.