What are Energy Star climate zones

(As of January 1st, 2020, Canada has only one climate zone - See update) ENERGY STAR qualified products in Canada can be classified into 3 climate zones. To qualify for a zone, a product must meet a minimum set of specifications. But to maximize energy cost-saving efficiency, there are other factors to consider.

Balancing energy costs and comfort - 3 Scenarios

Window Optimization - Maximizing comfort and energy efficiency
Windows provide light, warmth and ventilation, but they also decrease home energy-efficiency and can affect the comfort in your home. Choosing the right glass option will allow you to find a balance between energy costs and the desired level of home comfort.

What is a window U-factor

The lower the U-value, the better the window is at keeping the heat in during the winter and the better it insulates
In Ottawa, our windows lose heat to the outside during the colder months and gain heat from the outside during the warmer months. U-factors allow consumers to compare the insulating properties of different window products in order to optimize home comfort.

Understanding the R-value

The R-value which has actually been around for some time now has become an increasingly popular measurement for the use in window sales. How come?

What is a Solar Heat Gain Coefficient?

the higher the SHGC, the number, the greater the solar gain
Let the sun shine in, or not. The Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) measurement can help you achieve a desired increase or decrease in the amount of solar radiation (heat) passing through a window into your home.

Understanding visual transmittance in windows

Understanding Visible Light Transmittance
The amount of light you let into your home is a matter of personal taste. When replacing your windows, understanding the VT will help you get it right.

Typical door installation

Considering door replacement in the Ottawa area. Here's a little video that shows some of the steps from the removal of an old door to the installation and finishing of the new Dimensions steel entrance door.

Typical window installation

Considering window replacement in the Ottawa area. Here's a short video that shows some of the steps. From the removal of an old window to the installation and finishing of the new North Star vinyl casement window.

The anatomy of a entrance door - hundreds of years in development.

anatomy of an entrance door
Whether you are looking at a steel, fiberglass or wooden door, the basic parts and terms used have a long historical foundation that goes back hundreds of years.

The anatomy of a vinyl sliding patio door

Anatomy of a vinyl patio door
When looking at vinyl sliding patio doors, there are lots of options to choose from, this diagram labels most of the common components of a patio door.