Foundations and Basements

Whether you are renovating or building a new home starting with a basement or a slab-on- grade, in here you will find the basics on site selection and preparation, excavation, drainage. and radon gas management. Building science is explained to help readers understand the issues that affect energy efficiency and moisture management so you can build healthier basements that will last.

Radon protection

November is Radon Gas Awareness month

Long-term exposure to high levels of radon gas in homes is the second greatest cause of lung cancer after smoking.

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Crawlspace radon barrier
Radon protection

Removing radon gas from basements and crawlspaces

Removing radon gas from existing basements and crawlspaces can be very effective, here are different options for different situations.

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Insulating crawlspaces
Crawl spaces

How to insulate crawlspaces

Crawlspaces are very rare as part of a new home construction. There is a reason for that - they serve very little purpose. If you've got one here's how to fi...

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Radon protection

Removing radon gas from well water

High levels of radon gas in the air of your home might be coming from your water and not the floor of your basement.

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Choosing a building lot
Excavation

What to look for when buying a building lot

Finding a suitable building lot requires a lot of consideration and research; here are some things to look for.

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Prefab frost-protected shallow foundation form kit
Slab on Grade

Raft slabs - How to build on problem soils

How to build on sites with expansive soils, high water tables and poor bearing capacity.

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Installing a radon evacuation stack in a slab floor
Radon protection

Mitigating radon gas in homes

Radon gas in homes is a growing health concern. Adding a passive radon stack is always a good idea to prepare a home for better indoor air quality.

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Slab on Grade

Finishing the exterior of a slab-on-grade floor

Insulating the exteriors of basements and slabs leaves you with needed to finish the exterior. In this video you see an easy fix to have the exterior surface...

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Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

A home built on a slab-on-grade can be more affordable, more comfortable and more durable. Here is a technical guide to building a home on a slab instead of ...

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Step by step guide for slab-on-grade home construction
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade construction: step by step guide

How to build a home on a slab-on-grade and avoiding basement foundations

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Slab on grade or a foundation and basement?
Foundation choices

Choosing between a slab-on-grade or a foundation and basement

The first step to home design deciding what sort of base you will rest it on. The following pages outline the benefits and drawbacks of slab-on-grade constru...

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