Basement insulation / Discussions

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

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

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

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

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

Where would I go for guidance on structural design of footings that sit on top of high-density insulation?

...insulation layer. DJB It would be a structural engineer you're looking for, and while we have a team here that deal with everything LEED & Passive House related...

Posted by Douglas Bennion July 31, 2019, 4:34 p.m. Foundations and Basements 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

How do you prevent moisture from getting into a basement footing?

...basements: how to insulate your basement properly In there you will see a few different techniques for insulating basements, whether that is insulation on the...

Posted by Frank Liu June 24, 2020, 9:58 a.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 1 Responses

Can you provide Crawlspace Insulation Design Assistance?

...basement adjacent to the crawlspace contains our oil-fired heating system; there is a small opening allowing access to the crawlspace from the "full" basement (...

Posted by Randy Christensen Dec. 10, 2019, 12:17 p.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

Would you recommend Legalett over water radiant floor heat for a backyard studio in Toronto?

...insulation beneath it? The most cost-effective system to deliver in-floor radiant hea t would in your case depend on how big it is, and more importantly, if the...

Posted by Christine Pountney May 2, 2019, 1:22 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 Responses

What are the most cost-effective green building strategies in new home construction?

...insulation - yes, see our page here about balancing insulation through a home for the best efficiency. Spoiler alert – heat loss goes in all directions, not jus...

Posted by M T Nov. 4, 2019, 11:07 a.m. Concept and design 3 Responses

What is the best way to insulate the basement of an old house?

...basement articles then you know we think EPS and Rockwool are both great options for basements, though they behave very differently. For any other readers, catc...

Posted by Bryan Squirrell Jan. 14, 2020, 7:59 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

How do you insulate a crawlspace?

...insulation is if you didn’t include a vapor barrier on the warm side of the insulation, meaning between the joists before the insulation. And due to the stack e...

Posted by Drew Weistend Nov. 14, 2017, 9:22 a.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

Should you put insulation on the outside of a cinder block wall in a desert?

...insulation in any climate – What is the right amount of insulation for an energy efficient green home? That page should help you figure the answers to you q...

Posted by Michael Apodaca March 9, 2020, 3:10 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Do I need to insulate under the footings of a frost protected shallow foundation?

...insulation (where and when it is needed). This is exactly how we would build a slab, so we rely on insulation to protect the building from frost damage rather t...

Posted by Jon Piana April 15, 2019, 8:45 a.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses