Heat loss / Discussions

How do I insulate my half below grade basement?

...heat loss, it could also lead to more moisture build up. I don’t quite follow how you describe the vapor barrier playing out – that would be a vapor barrier on ...

Posted by tom mckeand Oct. 14, 2019, 11:01 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

How do you attach steps to slab on grade insulation?

...heat loss and potentially condensation forming as the floor will be very cold right in front of the doors. I don’t know how far along you are with your projec...

Posted by Mary Alm Dec. 2, 2021, 11:24 a.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

My basement is smelly and humid, what can I do about that?

...heat loss. Here is a page that can help, all about how to build a basement properly - Why basements are moldy and how to fix it It sounds like you do have p...

Posted by Jeff O. Feb. 8, 2017, 10:22 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 3 Responses

Is there anything I can do about a vapor barrier on the wrong side of a basement wall?

...heat loss? That R19 in the walls is, based on your articles, saving me some $. Long term I know I'll have to redo it, I just want to delay for a few years. Th...

Posted by Iain B Feb. 8, 2021, 2:21 p.m. Basements improvements 7 Responses

What is the best way to install 5" of XPS rigid foam on interior basement walls?

...heat loss. Also, screws over 6 inches start to get really expensive. I would fasten the stud wall to the floor joists above, and attach them to the floor with...

Posted by Sean MacDonald June 14, 2021, 10:42 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 8 Responses

How do you remove moisture and condensation from basement walls?

...heat loss, but frankly wet insulation between metal studs isn't doing that great a job anyway. Sorry we don't have better new to report Aaron, best of luck. Hi,...

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

Should I put foam boards right against my basement wall or leave an air gap?

...heat loss. Best to put it right against the wall. But your mention of light coming through is a bit of a concern, what condition is the wall in, are there man...

Posted by Elijah Hargett Jan. 9, 2021, 5:31 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 4 Responses

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

...heat transferring through the footing to stabilize the ground temp. My next thought was to use the FPSF design guidance for an unheated building, however this i...

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

What is the best way to do Stucco/E.I.F.S exterior window wraps?

...heat loss (usually air leakage around the frames), and water infiltration and damage if there wasn’t a strategy in place to avoid standing water and repel drivi...

Posted by Pat Estes July 17, 2020, 11:50 a.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

What type of insulation is best for coach house?

...heat loss in a home is due to pour air sealing, and when air leaks out through the walls and roof of a home it can carry a lot of moisture with it. That can lea...

Posted by morwarid safa Sept. 24, 2021, 2:23 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

I want to insulate the outside of my house, which type of insulation do you think is best?

...heathing then choose an insulation material, weather barrier, strapping and new siding. Wow! Let’s get the science right. First off, if a material allows air ...

Posted by J. Ferguson Nov. 15, 2017, 10:34 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 12 Responses

What do I in my basement where new insulation meets old?

...heat loss. There is nothing too extraordinary you need to do for the junction between the old insulation and the new, just try to insulate right up to it. Wit...

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

How do you insulate a crawlspace?

...heat loss in a crawlspace as you will have created two separate environments in terms of temperature and humidity. We normally recommend insulating and sealing ...

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

Can I put a breathable peel and stick weather (air) barrier on the inside walls and ceiling?

...heat loss, if that's the case you may wish the thicken the insulation for energy efficiency purposes.

Posted by Anomika Singhn Oct. 1, 2018, 9:56 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 1 Responses

What type of insulation under an outdoor deck frame with 2x8s?

...heat it constantly or is this something you would heat up for occasional use? Typical construction techniques should apply though, so yes to a vapor barrier o...

Posted by Eric Dalpe Sept. 15, 2020, 9:13 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 4 Responses

How can I get rid of moisture between the vapor barrier and the insulation in a basement?

...heat. I had, in fact, been concerned about the energy usage of the constantly running dehumidifier, but had not thought of the idea that less humid air makes he...

Posted by David Mitchell Aug. 14, 2018, 6:32 p.m. Basements improvements 45 Responses

How you vent a metal roof?

...heat loss, but its similar to the assembly you have described and would probably be one of the more affordable ways to proceed. So it would not be my top recomm...

Posted by Kim jarrett July 12, 2019, 12:15 p.m. Roof coverings 3 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a Multi-material wall?

...heat loss for sure, but that isn't something to concern yourself with too much and no need to switch methods. You could look over this page about How to insul...

Posted by Steve J Sept. 29, 2020, 10:15 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 7 Responses