The most obvious indication of failure of an installed insulating glass (IG) unit in a window or door is permanent visual obstruction due to a milky-white fog or film on the interior surfaces of the glass (surface numbers two or three in dual-pane IG) due to moisture or chemical deposition.
In late June 2021, the peak, or ridge of a “heat dome” stalled over the Pacific Northwest creating a high-pressure that trapped hot air beneath it and blocked the oncoming jet stream from pushing the weather system on. Poorly insulated homes became “ovens” reaching internal temperatures of over 35C.
Faced with rising energy costs, a greater concern for the environment and an increased focus on the comfort and health of families, home buyers are looking for homes that are more comfortable, healthier, energy efficient, environmentally friendly and less expensive to operate.
Over three quarters of carbon pollution from operating a building can be almost eliminated by switching from natural gas to electricity or renewable natural gas for space and water heating.
The National Fenestration Rating Council and its membership developed the condensation resistance rating more than 20 years ago. While this rating was fair, accurate and credible, the rating only provided information to compare which products had the higher rating value.
Choosing windows isn’t as simple as going with a look you like. Durability and performance are key factors to be considered, and windows will perform and age differently in different areas of the country. Here’s what to look for when choosing your windows in the Pacific Northwest.
Economic stability depends on planetary health, which is impossible without a safe climate. But what policies and measures are necessary to help governments limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius and deliver on the promise of a safer, sustainable world for all?
A renovation wave of decarbonization retrofits over the next 20 years could create up to 200,000 long-lasting well-paid jobs, generate more than $48 billion in economic development each year, create significant savings in healthcare costs, and pay for themselves twice over through increased tax revenue.
In mid-May the International Energy Agency (IEA) released an important report called Net-Zero by 2050: A Roadmap for the Global Energy Sector.
The Canada Greener Homes Grant will help homeowners make their homes more energy-efficient, create new jobs across Canada for energy advisors, grow our domestic green supply chains and fight climate change.