Basement insulation / Discussions

Is a vapor barrier necessary under a concrete slab with foam insulation and if so, where does go?

We're soon building a slab on grade foundation for our new cabin in Montana and I've decided to sit it on a 4" EPS foam insulation so the slab will retain some...

Posted by Grady 22 Aug. 17, 2019, 12:19 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 3 Responses

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 7 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

How do you apply vapor barrier and insulation to a CMU house?

...basements , that’s one of our building guide pages that will help you pick a method. Read those over and get back to us, we can for sure set you up. Sound good?...

Posted by Scott Brekke Nov. 22, 2019, 9:37 a.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

What should I look for if I want to buy a slab on grade house?

I'm looking to buy a house build on a slab-on-grade . What should I be looking for in terms of insulation? Thanks, Terry Where is the house, and do you know ho...

Posted by terry northcott March 25, 2019, 11:02 a.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a crawlspace to keep humidity down and stop odors?

...Basements How much insulation does a basement need And for house shopping in case you ever move…. Crawlspaces or Slabs, Which is Better? How to Choose the...

Posted by Dave Bell Oct. 24, 2019, 3:57 p.m. Crawl spaces 3 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 1 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

What is your opinion on filling block foundations with concrete?

...basement. We’ve got a minor crack in the grout, and we were advised to fill the block with concrete for strength, in addition to repairing the grout. Thanks i...

Posted by Nina Hartt March 21, 2019, 8:06 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

Can I add Larsen Trusses and cellulose to 1920s House in Minneapolis?

...insulation panels on the exterior insulation of the slab. Metal is a conductor, so keep that in mind. Not sure what you mean by ‘leave a gap’, any gaps in insul...

Posted by Ken Traefald Feb. 17, 2020, 2:30 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 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 way to reduce humidity in a basement?

...basement if you do decide to do some more work on it. Why are Basements Moldy? How to Fix & Prevent Mold in Homes Preventing mold when you insulate ...

Posted by Frank Cooper Oct. 17, 2019, 10:45 p.m. Basements improvements 2 Responses

Should I test my home for radon gas?

...insulation to the point of needing an air exchanger. I thought it best to test for radon gas after I've tightened up the major air leakage in my home. What do y...

Posted by Mary Anne S March 5, 2019, 7:46 p.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 4 Responses

What is the best way to make a row house in Montreal Quebec more energy efficient?

...insulation and radiant tubing. Sounds like you already have sufficient height in the basement, but I doubt there is any insulation if it was a 70s-80s pour so I...

Posted by Elizabeth Brown Feb. 26, 2019, 9:09 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

What is the best way to build a slab on grade on bedrock?

I watched your videos with much interest but wasn't sure about the "trench" type perimeter "grade beam" in terms of supporting the house structure, and the fac...

Posted by peter owen Oct. 31, 2019, 3:33 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

How do you fix radon and water infiltration in a dry stone foundation?

...insulation on walls necessary? 3) would you pursue a radon system drawing under the vapor barrier or an HRV w radostat? I don't want to unnecessarily over-engin...

Posted by john flannery July 14, 2020, 4:24 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 5 Responses