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07:04AM | 07/18/01
Member Since: 07/17/01
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We are planning a house in mountain country in Canada with a very good open view to the south and west. We are thinking of a cathedral wall facing south with two-story fiddlehead window, and 9 foot walls with 6 foot windows facing west. On the south side, would this mean excessive heat in summer? Will there be too much heat from the afternoon sun on the west side? The weather also comes from the west, so in winter, there is a strong cold wind directly onto the wondows: would this mean a large heat loss?


02:39PM | 07/18/01
Member Since: 06/03/01
324 lifetime posts
Yes, heat gain in direct sun will be a 'problem'. Can have overhanging eves that will provide much shade in summer while allowing sunlight for winter. Also, high 'E' glass can help some. Some window manufactures also use a coated film between the two glass panes that helps to 'mirror' the heat while not affecting the view. For winter, might consider some window 'quilts' that can be made to pull down like shades and greatly reduce heat loss at night.

Jay J

04:32PM | 07/18/01
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
Hi Pinnacle,

I agree w/the previous post. You might want to consider skylights. 2 would be good. I'd put them on the North-side roof line; NOT the one that's on the South because of the sun/heat problems. If they're on the North side, you won't need shades although you can get them from some mfgrs. Consider the motorized skylights.

Also, be SURE your house has soffit vents, ridge vents, and soffit chutes to 'channel' cool air along the UNDERSIDE of your roof. This will help keep the house cool. You DON'T insulate a roof directly w/insulation. If you do, the roof will cook! You need the venting to keep the roof (AND the house) cool. Talk to your builder about this.

My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J -Moderator


08:17AM | 07/19/01
Member Since: 06/03/01
324 lifetime posts
Here are a couple sites to check out for windows/glass: Superglass: and Hurd windows:

They have different combos for keeping heat out (south & west views) and for keeping heat in (north & east views).

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