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

...foundations are out of our competence range which is why on the home we're currently building on poor expansive clay soils in Wakefield, QC, we entrusted Legale...

Posted by Douglas Bennion July 31, 2019, 4:34 p.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

Can you install tubing under a slab on grade foundation to extract heat in winter?

...foundations as well as ground loops for HRVs and ERVs, can be a an easy way to harness the heat of the ground without needing to do any additional excavation. I...

Posted by Jennifer Cole Aug. 28, 2019, 11:34 a.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

How do I waterproof a foundation from the inside?

We have a self-adhesive membrane on the outside wall of our foundation but the water enters through the joint between the walls and the floor. How can I waterp...

Posted by Anonymous Nov. 14, 2017, 9:47 a.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

When you want water to drain out of a house

How would a “passive” or airtight house fare in a flood incident, either from inside (burst water tank) or from outside (like New Brunswick’s spring floods)? ...

Posted by Wendy Tsao May 7, 2018, 12:46 p.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

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

I’m planning to build a 20x24 workshop / garage, and I’m wondering the cheapest as well as best way to do it. Is there any reason not to build it on posts? It ...

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

Slab-on-grade instead of Pressure treated wood foundation

...foundations and we can probably help you. We are in the process of building another demonstration house in Wakefield, Quebec, it is from a slab-on-grade kit . T...

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

types of pads to build upon.

I keep seeing the options out there as pad, crawl space, and basement. I live near a river, so maybe I'm wrong, but a basement seems like it's gonna be a const...

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

Should I insulate my basement ceiling?

...foundations are best insulated from the outside so they stay warm. So, my suggestion would be to have it inspected by a qualified professional before deciding...

Posted by Nina Hartt March 21, 2019, 8:23 a.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

What is your opinion on filling block foundations with concrete?

Our house is a little over 100 years old, with a block walls in the basement. We’ve got a minor crack in the grout, and we were advised to fill the block with ...

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

What insulation should I put on basement block walls that is resistant to mold?

...foundations aren’t as solid as poured concrete, so you need to be a bit careful about insulating them from the inside, because if the wall has never been insula...

Posted by Ken Gee July 31, 2019, 3:25 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

Using EPS in basement: Non-continuous

...foundations. Is this a cause for concern for moisture, air sealing, and different vapour methods and insulation types? (Old Poly vapour sheet and fibreglass i...

Posted by Steve J July 20, 2019, 10:01 p.m. Basements improvements 2 Responses

Why do you say building on a slab is more ecological than starting with a basement?

I watched a presentation by Emmanuel Cosgrove of Ecohome who said that a house built on an insulated slab floor was much more ecological and more affordable th...

Posted by Anonymous Dec. 11, 2017, 11:45 a.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

How much insulation if any should I install underneath my concrete slab in my basement

I live in a cold climate - Winnipeg Manitoba, and intend to install radiant heat in the concrete slab. As my basement is below the frost line, I’m not sure if ...

Posted by Scott Antonation Sept. 27, 2019, 1:06 a.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses
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