Green from the Ground Up Best Practices
- Invest in high-performance, low-e glass to improve energy efficiency
- Avoid plain wood frames in favor of wood clad with aluminum or vinyl, or consider high-quality PVC or fiberglass for longer life and lower maintenance.
- Choose multi-pane designs filled with argon and krypton rather than air to minimize heat loss through convection.
- In passive-solar designs, install high solar gain windows on south-facing walls to reduce energy costs
- Read Nation Fenestration Rating Council labels carefully and choose windows appropriate to the climate and overall house design
- Avoid single-glazed skylights
- If possible, plan an entry "airlock" to reduce heat loss.
- Detail flashing around doors and window to reduce the risk of water leaks and seal the gap between window and doorjambs and framing members with expanding urethane foam to eliminate air infiltration.