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. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The thickness of vapor retarding latex paint - Is measurement wet or dry?

...protection on the walls due to it’s construction, you can see more about the wall we build with vapor barrier paint here – Building science of walls in cold c...

Posted by Kim Boas July 24, 2020, 10:36 a.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

Can you use polyiso insulation on the exterior of a wall behind cedar siding on the west coast?

...protection is reduced during very cold weather. So depending on your exact location, that may or may not be a factor worth considering. But the cold won’t doesn...

Posted by Iain Matheson Jan. 28, 2020, 10:38 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

How would I detail the connection between the wall and floating slab?

Hello all, I am an architectural designer who, personally, love slab on grades. However, one big worry I often have is water damage at the base of the wall. ...

Posted by Brendon Fraser July 17, 2020, 1:24 p.m. Slab on Grade 2 Responses

Is a vapor barrier necessary under a concrete slab with foam insulation and if so, where does go?

...protection against radon I would choose the added protection of a thicker membrane myself. And for installation, if you can, lay the barrier down BETWEEN layers...

Posted by Grady 22 Aug. 17, 2019, 12:19 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 3 Responses

Can you spray foam a house from the outside?

...protection with the highest R value per inch. You possibly 'could' leave the sheathing on and blow foam through holes, but I would leave that call up to the i...

Posted by Joan Lawrence July 11, 2019, 7:17 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

How can I prevent animals from getting behind the siding on my house?

...protection that allows water to flow out the bottom and air to flow up so humidity can escape at the top. There are a few products intended exactly for that pur...

Posted by Connie Curtin Feb. 22, 2020, 1:52 p.m. Pest control 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