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Editor's Notepad

Editor's Notepad

PODCAST: Air-Tight Window Installation

comments (1) July 11th, 2011 in Blogs
DanMorrison DanMorrison, Member

See more window installation construction details like these in the Green Building Advisor detail library, or buy individual packages in the Fine Homebuilding store
See more window installation construction details like these in the Green Building Advisor detail library, or buy individual packages in the Fine Homebuilding store
 
See more window installation construction details like these in the Green Building Advisor detail library, or buy individual packages in the Fine Homebuilding store

Windows represent the biggest potential holes in the building envelope. Think about it: the rough openings are just big holes — until you actually plug the opening with a window. 


But plugging the opening with a window unit doesn’t necessarily keep the weather out.  Think about an inner tube with a tiny hole in it. If the tube is full of water, it drains slowly. If it is full of air, it goes flat almost immediately.
 Air squeezes through tiny holes a lot faster than water does.  So sealing a window for air leaks can have a huge effect on the energy performance of a home.


This week we look closely at the Energy Smart Details department from the current Fine Homebuilding magazine (that’s issue 220 for those of you who are keeping score). The window details come from our premium website, Green Building Advisor, and we’ve asked a couple of our advisors to weigh in on the topic.

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See more window installation construction details like these in the Green Building Advisor detail library, or buy individual packages in the Fine Homebuilding store



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Comments (1)

lettusbee lettusbee writes: I never knew what a podcast was. I enjoyed the information, but would like it better if I didn't have to use quicktime to listen to it. I had Itunes once, and I will never buy another Ipod or Apple product again.


Posted: 11:38 pm on July 11th

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