Frost wall / Discussions

Do frost lines where studs are on a wall show a failure of spray foam insulation?

...walls, without that you may see indications of thermal bridging through studs in the form of frost lines. The temperature on the exterior of the wall where the ...

Posted by Gerald Crozier July 22, 2019, 10:24 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

What is the best way to heat an off grid home?

...frost wall I will run with the assumption that your house is not yet built otherwise you would already have a heating solution, is that correct? If not let me k...

Posted by Michelle Nason Aug. 8, 2018, 1:48 p.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 3 Responses

Does insulating a slab on grade make the building less stable?

...frost wall and wante to do infloor heating. Since the slab need to be insulated all around, a builder told me he would not recommend that due to the entire weig...

Posted by Nicolas Jalbert May 28, 2018, 4:56 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Can you install electric wire in floor heat cables and cork flooring?

...frost wall with 4 inches of rigid insulation giving me R20 laid over the vapour barrier, then Ouellet OWC-M series electrical heating cable laid under 4inches o...

Posted by C Whitby Aug. 7, 2020, 6:43 p.m. Flooring and stairs 2 Responses

What is a thermal break solution at a door threshold?

...frost wall. Our exterior above grade walls will also be ICF with the addition of 3.5" of EPS panels on the exterior. We will have a concrete slab floor. What ...

Posted by Shaun B Sept. 13, 2020, 6:31 a.m. Slab on Grade 2 Responses

What are the foundation options for a prefab house?

...Frost wall and crawl space: Pros are conditioned space for utilities and HVAC, elevated foundation to manage slope, prevents critters in crawl space and some st...

Posted by Richard Bowie Nov. 20, 2020, 3:40 p.m. Foundations and Basements 2 Responses

Can you elevate a slab on grade foundation?

...frost wall, but those can sometimes be trickier to insulate properly. We recently built a new demonstration house (which is nearing completion) where we used a ...

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

Why is there frost on the underside of my roof overhang?

...frost build up. However another contractor has told me that you need moisture for frost to occur and that the lights themselves would not cause this. I'm not so...

Posted by George Paul March 23, 2020, 12:10 p.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

Which exterior insulation is best to create at thermal break in an bungalow in Alberta?

...frost and freezing temperatures on the main floor in the corners of the house. We plan to replace the single pane wood frame windows when updating the outside o...

Posted by Rebekah Barnes Jan. 17, 2020, 10:07 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

How would I rectifiy problem of foundation wall cracks with finished basement?

...wall) would this be the best solution? I am prepared to live with unfinished basement walls. If I chose to finish the walls, could I refinish with drywall only ...

Posted by Terry P July 22, 2020, 7:07 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

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

...wall system becomes a factor is in its R value and airtightness, and the amount of heat the floor will give off. An 18 wall is pretty thick, but Given the morta...

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

How do you choose between a basement or slab on grade?

...wall on it, leaving you with a basement thoroughly insulated with no thermal bridging and a reduced chance of mold forming compared to standard basement constru...

Posted by A. Delmas May 21, 2020, 8:59 p.m. Foundation choices 1 Responses

How do you create a slab on grade on a slope?

...walls as a draining retaining wall that could also be partly planted. A nice drainage layer of stone with insulating skirt should prevent frost-heave, and insta...

Posted by Adrienne Rayna June 30, 2020, 3:58 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 3 Responses

What is the best way to stop thermal bridging between my ICF walls and my footing?

...walls allows thermal bridging into the concrete core of the wall allowing energy stored in the thermal mass to bleed into the soil below If you are looking to e...

Posted by Walter van den Broek Sept. 18, 2020, 11:23 a.m. Foundation choices 1 Responses

Should I build a basement or slab on grade?

Our buider tells us that building a full basement is much cheaper that a "slab on grade" with a four foot frost barrier at the perimeter. We don't understand h...

Posted by robert baker March 27, 2020, 6:54 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 9 Responses

Should I install a poly moisture barrier before the rigid foam board against a basement wall?

...wall (to be relocated in a new stud wall later) to make room for the new insulation process. From the block wall inwards I am considering the following sequen...

Posted by DONandCATHY Crenna Dec. 14, 2020, 2:21 p.m. Basements improvements 2 Responses

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

...frost wall system vs. a slab type system like Legalett's? Thanks. A footing and frost wall requires a lot more excavation and a lot more concrete, and it's done...

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

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

...frost wall and you aren’t digging down very deep, it often eliminates the need to under-pin any nearby structures for safety. As for how much rebar needs to b...

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