The Passive House Build, Part Five: Installing High-Performance Windows
By far the weakest link in a Passive House, these imported windows must be installed perfectly.
Synopsis: In the fifth and last installment of The Passive House Build, Steve Baczek writes about “Installing High-Performance Windows.” Through a clear sequence of flashing, taping, and insulating, Baczek shows how to install these windows and hold up to a five-minute spray test without any signs of leaking.
Watch the videos and read the articles in this series (links below), then head on over to GreenBuildingAdvisor.com to join the conversation with the designer of this house, Architect Steve Baczek.
All articles in this series:
“The Passive House Build, Part One: Designed for Success” (FHB #240)
“The Passive House Build, Part Two: Air-Sealed Mudsill Assembly” (FHB #241)
“The Passive House Build, Part Three: Superinsulated Slab” (FHB #242)
“The Passive House Build, Part Four: Framing for Efficiency” (FHB #244)
“The Passive House Build, Part Five: Installing High-Performance Windows” (FHB #245)
All videos in this series:
The guiding principle of a Passive House is that its primary source of heat is the sun. Not only do you have to locate and size windows and doors to take advantage of that sunlight, but they have to be high-quality units capable of retaining that energy for times when the sun isn’t shining. That’s a tall order when you have 24 windows and three entry doors and your goal is a finished house with an air-leakage area that’s roughly the size of an index card.
Most of the windows and doors that are built to handle the stringent criteria required to meet Passive House standards come from Europe. That’s not because Americans can’t build them; rather, it’s because in Europe, there is a market that demands them.
For this job, Makrowin aluminum-clad, triple-glazed tilt-turn windows were used, with matching full-lite doors.…