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

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 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

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

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 2 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

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

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

How do I waterproof a foundation from the inside?

...protection may solve the problem so definitely start with that and see if it solves the problem. Some of these features you may already have in place, but her...

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

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

What type of Insulation can I use on the exterior of my home?

...protection at all. A 1920s home would not have been built with an interior vapor barrier , but as it likely has multiple coats of oil paint by now it would pr...

Posted by Scott Muller April 18, 2019, 2:19 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 6 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 22 Responses

Can you Insulate a cinder block basement foundation with Rockwool?

...protection, and you could maybe then cover them with drywall? Rim joists insulated with mineral wool and foam Thank you for this Idea. I will try to to ...

Posted by Victor B June 19, 2019, 11:41 p.m. Basements improvements 5 Responses

Is EPS or XPS better for use in basement rim joists? Should faced or unfaced foam boards be used?

...protection, source one with a foil backing. RJ Refering to the 2nd paragraph - I am being to told that the XPS proposed for the outisde of our 35,000 ft² 3-st...

Posted by Thomas Dispenza Sept. 8, 2019, 12:43 a.m. Basements improvements 6 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

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