Protection / Discussions

Protection from Insects for Legalett Geo-passive super insulated slab on grade?

I've already contacted Ecohome about a quote for a full turnkey eco-habitate s1600 for where I am here in Nova Scotia. But one concern I have about the Legal...

Posted by James Burns April 30, 2020, 11:11 a.m. Slab on Grade 0 Responses

Can you install a slab on grade foundation in the Fall and leave it over winter?

...protection from the elements? I worry that if the slab has zero protection from water freezing as well as no heat source, we risk the slab being affected by fro...

Posted by Matthew Gioia Sept. 21, 2020, 9:15 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

What is a pet proof, safe and durable wood floor sealer?

...protection and easy to clean. Very hard to get floor clean now. I need to refinish all and also replace some boards from water damage. Want to have a super dura...

Posted by Gail Hagopian Oct. 13, 2020, 11:53 a.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses

Can you use Comfortboard mineral wool insulation as a skirt on monolithic slab?

...protection skirting on the outside of the slab? It is an 18x16 slab, on a very well drained crushed stone pad. Roxul tech support was not very helpful with this...

Posted by Eric Sokol Oct. 16, 2021, 11:15 a.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

How do you prevent moisture from getting into a basement footing?

...protection. What is your suggestion about preventing moisture from getting into the concrete wall from footing? thanks! Great question, and yes, moisture fr...

Posted by Frank Liu June 24, 2020, 9:58 a.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 1 Responses

Can you mount heavy objects to a Passive House Larsen truss wall?

...protection for my deck. I was to mount to the wall of my house but it's a passive home done with Larsen Truss. I used closed web I-joist( made from 2x3 and osb)...

Posted by Jay Stevenson July 3, 2020, 2:42 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What are the foundation options for a prefab house?

...protection of underskid utilities and ease of installation. Cons are doubling up of insulation with skid being on concrete, management of sloped site and curing...

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

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

...protection, 2" rigid XPS foam board insulation held in place with the special plastic pegs (since the poly will not allow adhesive to affix it to the wall), blu...

Posted by DONandCATHY Crenna Dec. 14, 2020, 2:21 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

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

...protection from elements. But, after reading some of your wonderful articles, I am wondering if the slab on grade is better and have a 2 storey house instead?...

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

Should you allow air flow through a crawl space with a dirt floor?

...protection from critters? Thank you Amber A crawl space with a dirt floor is always a problem as the dirt will be a continuous source of moisture and risk mol...

Posted by Amber Murray Aug. 17, 2020, 10 p.m. Crawl spaces 3 Responses

Should a Vapor Barrier be installed over Exterior Grade Plywood?

...protection on the warm side of insulation, and almost all new homes now have A/C, but it’s still not a great idea. I would just be sparing with the A/C is all, ...

Posted by Michael Klauck March 6, 2020, 1:24 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 1 Responses

How do you insulate concrete basement walls and avoid mould?

...protection is right against the concrete, and if there is none at all, at least don’t put any vapor barrier inside, let the moisture escape where it can be easi...

Posted by William Hunter Feb. 22, 2021, 11:40 a.m. Basements improvements 2 Responses

Are Insulated Concrete Forms and Gigacrete panels good?

...protection to meet Passive House performance requirements, that's likely contributing factor as to why you don't see as many. What manufacturers usually offer i...

Posted by Dallin Sumpter Feb. 21, 2019, 2:46 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 5 Responses

How do you install a radon barrier in a crawlspace with an uneven floor?

...protection, like a piece of poly folded up a few times to prevent piercing your actual membrane. Overlap the poly at the joints, run a bead of acoustic seal b...

Posted by Reinhart Bigl Nov. 29, 2021, 4:01 p.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 1 Responses

Basement reno - How do I effectively insulate my basement?

...protection, and at 2 inches EPS is about 1 US perm, which is the permeability rate at which a material is classified as a suitable vapour barrier for residentia...

Posted by Steve J Feb. 13, 2019, 10:25 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 Responses

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

...protection, if you're going with only 1 inch then you might want to first install a 6-mil poly barrier. 3 - If I'm getting what you mean and the poly at the t...

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

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

...protection from the soil or if that protection is compromised (more below) it will continue to absorb moisture and stay wet forever. That’s just physics. Humidi...

Posted by David Mitchell Aug. 14, 2018, 6:32 p.m. Basements improvements 42 Responses

Have you excavated under one of your slabs middle of winter?

I bet you will find frost under your FPSF in northern Minnesota end of February if you did.. I think your slabs manage frost in hard freeze areas, not preven...

Posted by Mike Kolder Jan. 31, 2021, 2:31 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses