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New guide provides best practices for window and door replacement

Looking to increase your home’s energy efficiency and comfort? One of the best things you can do is replace your old windows and doors. But don’t just rip out your old ones. Replace them in a way that is structurally safe. 

These tips and more are included in the new guide: Best Practices for Window and Door Replacement in Wood-Frame Buildings. The publication was created to help industry professionals meet consumer expectations. It allows for quality installations that will achieve high performance standards. 

“I recommend the guide for anyone installing or retrofitting windows anywhere in Canada,” said Fenestration Association of BC Executive Director Zana Gordon. “While it was written for the climate and conditions found in B.C., the principles are applicable across the country.”

Gordon also suggests window fabricators and installation contractors use the guide to inform and educate clients on how their windows and doors should be replaced.

Best Practices for Window and Door Replacement in Wood-Frame Buildings uses current building science and provides practical information. By following the guide, contractors will replace windows and doors in a way that improves the durability of building enclosures. 

Window and door replacement is often the greatest opportunity to improve a home’s energy efficiency. Other considerations in replacement are to address water penetration, operational failures, overheating, and condensation. The new guide considers the wide variety of current installation practices as well as the range of window and door products available. 

Best Practices for Window and Door Replacement in Wood-Frame Buildings is published by BC Housing in partnership with the Fenestration Association of British Columbia. 

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