Choosing a foundation / Discussions

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

...Absolutely, make a home as well-sealed as you can and let your ventilation equipment do their job. A poor air barrier and lots of air leakage can account for 1/...

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

Can you add external insulation to a brick home?

...and in a cold climate like Chicago, the freeze / thaw cycle can cause them to crack. So insulating the exterior of a painted brick wall is actually a good idea ...

Posted by Rachel Kaiser April 2, 2020, 9:11 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

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

...althy indoor air quality. Below are a few pages to read over, and again, please explain a bit better what you are being told about foundations and we can probab...

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

How do you fix a moisture problem in a finished basement?

...all, the vapour barrier and the fibreglass insulation in two large areas along the same back wall. The concrete appeared to be saturated with water. We inspecte...

Posted by Margo MACFARLANE Oct. 28, 2019, 10:24 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

I have many issues with my house where should I start?

...ades. Please have a read on a few of these pages, and once you have a better idea of what you want to get done and your budget we are more than happy to help,...

Posted by Bryan Squirrell Sept. 29, 2019, 3:08 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What is the right amount of insulation for a house?

...able to achieve the ideal performance goals. There's a catch 22 for ya! And we have exactly the place for you to start, it's a Passive House that I was involved...

Posted by Ryan Gerbrandt Feb. 11, 2019, 9:57 a.m. Passive solar home design 4 Responses

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

...a full basement, what are the implications of having half of the footprint as a slab, and half basement? Thanks Shaun That is a common question, and a hot...

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

What windows should you use when trying to build a Passive House?

...are available in Quebec, both manufacture high quality triple pane windows. And we already have exactly the page you need, have a read here - What are the Dif...

Posted by Raoul Lions Jan. 25, 2019, 2:18 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

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

...as pad, crawlspace, and 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 expensi...

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

What is the best wall & insulation combination for Colorado?

...anks in advance! Most of Colorado has semi-arid climate conditions, and your temperatures aren’t that extreme (says the Canadian, eh..) so it isn’t a particular...

Posted by Jacob Johannessen July 2, 2020, 11:13 a.m. Efficient home design 1 Responses

What is your opinion about building a garage on posts (screw piles)?

...ace a foundation will probably save you a lot of money by avoiding (or at least greatly reducing) the cost of excavation. It can also give you an advantage in f...

Posted by Les P Dec. 11, 2017, 2:21 p.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate the ceiling of my crawl space?

...Any and all suggestions appreciated. There are a really 2 ways to insulate a crawlspace; either you insulate the floor of the crawl space and then treat it as p...

Posted by Judy Mendel Feb. 17, 2020, 11:10 p.m. Crawl spaces 4 Responses

What do you think about SIP framing system?

...at, and as someone that won’t make any money no matter what you build, I’d suggest you start here – Choosing between a slab on grade and a basement foundation...

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

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

...ar panels and have access to a variety of machines for digging and clearing land, and I know if I can create a reasonable plan I can get friends and family on b...

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

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

...ab on grade prefab kits with air heated radiant floors . We were really happy with it, and they are available all across the US. You can read more here about th...

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

What infloor radiant heating would you use in a corewood home design?

...a company that designs and manufactures engineered raft slabs (frost-protected shallow foundation slab on grade) . They are available across North America. Wher...

Posted by John Yoho Feb. 6, 2020, 10:59 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate my basement?

...and partial wall. Should I: 1. Install Foam Board Insulation over the bare concrete and leave the framed walls insulated as the are? 2. Install Foam Boards ...

Posted by Chris Rogers Oct. 27, 2019, 11:23 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

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

...ard they hate that stuff. Many thanks in advance for any advice and/or validation. Any foundation built at the bottom of a mountain for sure needs drainage, ide...

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