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How do I get rid of moisture with cement floor crawl space that has a vapour barrier?

I recently replaced the vapour barrier because of dry rot. Luckily no cracks in the foundation and floor joists are fine but I noticed that barrier is extremel...

Posted by Cindy Chatham 04 chatham Aug. 25, 2020, 4:47 p.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

What is the best practice to insulate a crawl space floor?

...floor, 3 cement block walls, open lattice wall to access crawl space, exposed floor joists 24'' o.c., height from ground to bottom of joists is 36" If you hav...

Posted by austin Fanning March 16, 2020, 8:55 a.m. Crawl spaces 4 Responses

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

...cement floor, insulation between the floor joists and has 3 - vents to the outside. I am thinking of 1" foam boards on the walls, sealing the floor. There is no...

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

How do you build a mold-free basement in a new construction house?

...floor is subgrade. It has a cement wall on three sides that the contractor insured me was prepared to be mold resistant. He put special draining paper on it and...

Posted by Charmaine Herzig Feb. 10, 2020, 7:32 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

How do you insulate a cottage crawlspace and install radiant floor heat?

...floor) or you could even drop it down on a radiant heated slab on grade and ditch the existing floor. That may be the most sensible option if you really want ra...

Posted by Todd hall June 28, 2020, 8:36 a.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

What is the best heating and cooling system for a slab on grade home?

...floor heating otherwise the exposed cement would get very cold in the winter. With that said, we would most likely also want to get some form of forced air syst...

Posted by Matthew Gioia July 7, 2020, 11:03 p.m. Heating and cooling 3 Responses

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

...floor have wood floors that I don't intend to change. Stone foundation. Basement floor is a cement pour in the 70s or 80s? Each floor is about 20'x40'. Total of...

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

Can you do an update on Ecohome’s new demo house?

...cement floor slab, the heated air is diverted to an air/water heat exchanger for heating the hot water tank instead. Is the closed loop system maintained when d...

Posted by dean c Oct. 16, 2019, 2:04 a.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

What options are there for pre fab Passive House kit designs?

...cement block foundation and piers) into a garage with a 550 sq ft passive house on the main floor. Do you have recommendations for pre fab kits? I have seen the...

Posted by Kim MacKay Dec. 27, 2019, 3:12 p.m. Planning and Design 1 Responses

Can you elevate a slab on grade foundation?

...floor so we were able to build on the existing clay. If you are looking to get near Passive House performance with you home then you may want to look into suc...

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

What is the best insulation Under 2" Cement flat Roof in NYC?

...Cement slab Roof for energy efficiency and water leaks? Maybe 2 layers? The base for the roof will be Metal beams. Thanks, Rafael, Brooklyn We would propose y...

Posted by Rafael Mor March 29, 2019, 5:19 a.m. Roof assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

Can you Insulate a cinder block basement foundation with Rockwool?

...floor floor boards as there will defiantly be air leakage thhru the floor down to the basement. Foam board would be ideal but it is out of question because of t...

Posted by Victor B June 19, 2019, 11:41 p.m. Basements improvements 5 Responses

What are the factors I should consider for choosing between a slab on grade and basement?

...floor. I have several questions about the merits of each option, and would appreciate advice. 1. Cost - I know a slab is cheaper but having a basement that we...

Posted by Shaun B April 2, 2019, 6:35 a.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

How do you remove moisture and condensation from basement walls?

...floor to ceiling. We opened it up and found the insulation is very damp on the foundation side. There is no mold in there but my hand got wet in the spots I stu...

Posted by Aaron Keating July 27, 2019, 4:51 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses