Key features and helpful tips for windows, doors and skylights

Tools to find energy efficient windows, doors & skylights

Key features

  • Special coatings (known as low emissivity coatings, or “low-e glass”) and insulated frames and sashes mean your window will be more comfortable to sit beside and there will be reduced condensation on the glass.
  • Available triple glazing for better exterior noise reduction and even more energy savings.
  • Special inert gases between the glass panes rather than just air for better insulation.
  •  A label on the product to indicate where the model is certified for in Canada.

Helpful tips

  • Know your climate zone and ask for models certified for that zone or for zone(s) colder than where you live to save even more energy. (Note: effective January 1, 2020, the ENERGY STAR® criteria will be the same for all of Canada).Make sure that your quotation or invoice actually says ENERGY STAR on it and lists which of the 3 Canadian climate zones the product is certified for.
  • Hire a professional to install your windows, doors or skylights – trained installers ensure your windows, doors or skylights will perform their best.
  • On the eastern and northern sides of your house, install windows with higher insulation values to reduce heat loss.
  • Educate yourself. Learn more about factors affecting energy efficiency here, including radiation, conduction, convection and air leakage.

What’s in a label?

The windows, doors and skylights label in Canada  has the following components:

  • The ENERGY STAR symbol means the model is highly energy efficient.
  • The ENERGY STAR Climate Zone(s) map or indicator shows you the areas in Canada that the window, door or skylight is certified for.
  • Certified energy performance values as verified by a certification body.

The ENERGY STAR Promise

All ENERGY STAR certified products are tested to meet strict efficiency specifications and are certified by an independent third party. They perform the same as or better than standard products without compromising performance in any way.

Other Information

The ENERGY STAR name and symbol are trademarks registered in Canada by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and are administered and promoted by Natural Resources Canada.