Basement insulation / Discussions

Should I build a basement or slab on grade?

...Basement; Which is Best? Part of the problem with calculating the cost difference between a basement and slab on grade is comparing them accurately. The numbe...

Posted by robert baker March 27, 2020, 6:54 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 9 Responses

What Should You Look For When Buying a Slab on Grade Home?

...insulation, that would affect its structural integrity as well as its efficiency. To understand a bit about what to look for, here is a page you should check ou...

Posted by Mike Molloy Nov. 6, 2019, 7:29 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Can a solar thermal air system be coupled to an HRV for heating incoming fresh air?

...basement concrete floor for future infloor heating (no system on the tubes yet). Existing heat is electric baseboard and a wood stove centrally located in basem...

Posted by Brian Billings March 21, 2019, 2:53 p.m. Solar thermal collectors 1 Responses

Can you elevate a slab on grade foundation?

...insulation on the exterior and 12 inches below the slab. Note where the doorway is in the front of the image - that is a wood fiber / cement product called Ther...

Posted by Raoul Lions July 27, 2019, 2:47 p.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

What type of wood can be installed on a radiant floor?

...insulation below the basement slab floor. The greater the temperature differential between the floor and the ground below, the greater the rate of heat loss wil...

Posted by Colleen Blak Dec. 11, 2017, 1:59 p.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses

Does insulating a slab on grade make the building less stable?

...insulation sandwiched between the ground and the slab. What do you think? A Slab on Grade needs to be built correctly, but no, Insulation under a slab floor wil...

Posted by Nicolas Jalbert May 28, 2018, 4:56 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Where do I start to build a small, affordable, low-maintenance house?

...Basement; Which is Best? Slab-on-Grade Raft Foundation Insulation Detail, Prefab ICF Form Kits Slab-on-Grade Foundation Detail & Insulation, Building Guide ...

Posted by Ocean-Lynn Georgelin Oct. 22, 2019, 11:40 p.m. Concept and design 2 Responses

What do you think about SIP framing system?

...basement foundation And remember that bigger isn’t always better. A bigger house costs more to design, more to build, more to heat and more to cool. So my fir...

Posted by Nadia Mehan July 24, 2020, 3:29 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 2 Responses

What is the best type of home heating system?

...basement and pellet stove on the main floor. The house is not very big, 1600 sqft with a basement. All our living space is on the main level. We have been loo...

Posted by Jennifer Doll Jan. 20, 2020, 11:59 p.m. Heating and cooling 3 Responses

Can you help me decide between a foundation, slab on grade and crawlspace?

...basement. I live near a river, so maybe I'm wrong, but a basement seems like it's gonna be a constant worry, and my parents have expensive issues with needing r...

Posted by David Davenport Nov. 26, 2018, 12:57 a.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 1 Responses

How do you Insulate a 3 season cottage?

...insulation is better? The inside of the cottage right now has no finished walls From what you describe, I would do it from the inside. If the interior is bare s...

Posted by Terry Skindilias April 23, 2019, 9:27 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 4 Responses

How do you insulate a crawlspace with dirt floor?

...basement and so I installed a radostat that monitors radon levels and activates and HRV when the levels are too high . Hi Emmanuel! CAn this insulation be use...

Posted by sal Bellicoso Oct. 30, 2019, 4:56 p.m. Crawl spaces 2 Responses

Can you install a slab on grade foundation in the Fall and leave it over winter?

...basement foundation, but can a slab foundation hold up in the cold new england winters without any protection from the elements? I worry that if the slab has ze...

Posted by Matthew Gioia Sept. 21, 2020, 9:15 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

How do you insulate a cottage crawlspace? It's in the Haliburton Highlands

...insulation to reduce humidity, c) remove the styrofoam boundary from underneath, and d) spray insulation on entire perimeter of plywood skirting? Would moistu...

Posted by Beata Domanska May 25, 2020, 11:38 a.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

Could we use a raft slab with ICF walls on a sloped site?

...basement on problem soils A raft slab is engineered to spread the weight of the building evenly over the entire surface of the slab, so there is no footings n...

Posted by Paul Fischer Sept. 15, 2020, 2:21 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Can you help me choose between a slab on grade and pressure treated wood foundation?

...basement, PWF or concrete, so I'm not sure where you're being advised to mix a PWF and a slab on grade, or how to even do that. A slab on grade floor consists o...

Posted by Margot Simonot May 20, 2019, midnight Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Can hydronic radiant heating be a complete heating solution for a home?

...basement you’ll need some heat down there. We have it ingrained in our heads that ‘heat rises’, which is, in a word, wrong. ‘Warm air’ rises, but heat goes in...

Posted by Jeremy Peters Dec. 16, 2019, 1:13 a.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 3 Responses

What's the difference between a slab on grade and a monolithic foundation?

...basement. And a slab on grade can be built in a variety of ways ( monolithic or not), you can learn the basics on this page – Slab on Grade or Foundation and ...

Posted by Ronaldo Johnitas Dec. 10, 2019, 6:12 a.m. Slab on Grade 4 Responses