The biggest change to the house since my last post is that we now have windows and doors, yay!
The windows are triple pane argon filled European style tilt-and-turn windows from Bonnechere Valley Windows in Eganville, Ontario. From other blogs that I have read, it seems that many passive house builders have chosen to purchase their windows from European suppliers because they are more efficient. While that may be true, I’m not sure if the added expense to bring them here is offset enough by the energy savings they will have. Also, by buying locally, I know that we can contact the company if we have any problems, and besides, it doesn’t seem right that my windows have done more travelling than me.
In addition to the windows, the roof is now covered in tin. There is still a roof to go across the south side of the house that will shade the windows in the summer time, as well as a porch roof on the north side.
North Side Exterior
The next two pictures show the opening options with the tilt-and-turn windows. When the levered handle is up, the window tilts in with the top opening.
And when the handle is sideways, the whole window swings in