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How to insulate basements properly
Insulation and soundproofing

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction

...thermal performance of basements, reducing heat loss and operating costs. It also helps reduce the chance of interior moisture issues by raising the temperature of the first interior condensing surface, the concrete. Below is a thermal image of the basement descibed above with insulation on both sides. The effective ...

Basement wall insulation
Insulation and soundproofing

Properly insulating basements and concrete slab floors

...Basement or a Slab on Grade , in the EcoHome best practice for building Foundations & Basements guide section you will find the basics on foundation , basement & slab design , under slab insulation , site selection & preparation, excavation, drainage & radon gas prevention and mitigation . Technical edit and thermal ...

Basement Design for walls prevents mold & midlew when renovating & finishing
Healthy indoor air quality

Basement renovations: How to prevent mold when finishing basements

...basements as oulined above Ventilate using a HRV or ERV, because let's face it - fresh air improves any Man Cave! Further reading for basement mold prevention: How to choose between an ERV & HRV system for basement ventilation & Mold prevention - EcoHome Guide How much insulation does a basement need - EcoH...

Finished basements can lead to mold and mildew
Healthy indoor air quality

Why are basements moldy? How to fix or Prevent a Moldy Basement

...basements as oulined above Ventilate using a HRV or ERV, because let's face it - fresh air improves any Man Cave! Further reading for basement mold prevention: How to choose between an ERV & HRV system for basement ventilation & Mold prevention - EcoHome Guide How much insulation does a basement need - EcoH...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...image via Wikimedia This is the most common method of home building, and the one that people in North America & Canada are most used to seeing. Building codes have greater requirements for thermal performance as of 2012, it is now required in most areas that you break thermal bridges with some form of continuous ...

Ecohome's Kenogami House 'The Most Resilient Home in North America'
Concept and design

Resilient design features for new home construction

...basement walls correctly Raise wood-framed basement walls and any wood-framed floor structure off the ground by resting them on foam blocks. Even though it still happens in almost every tract home basement, do not install interior vapour barriers on basement walls; this will trap moisture and cause rot and mold in ...

Crawlspace radon barrier installation for radon mitigation
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Removing radon gas from basements and crawlspaces

...thermal protection, and will be air-sealed by the spray foam on top. By doing this, you will either be able to use a bit less spray foam or you will have a higher R value and more efficient thermal barrier. Radon mitigation in finished basements: If you have a finished basement and have discovered you have high lev...

Earthship in Taos, New Mexico, shame they don't work in cold climates
Concept and design

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...basement insulation was already standard practice), he speaks as if insulating below grade thermal mass walls was his own idea, and gave home insulation a new name - Thermal Wrap . "If the Earthship were a gasoline engine, Thermal Wrap and double or triple greenhouses would be fuel injection. I am ready to race any c...

Roxul mineral wool batt insulation in LEED Homes
Insulation and soundproofing

Choosing the right insulation: the pros, cons and applications for walls, slabs & basements

...Thermal foil vapor barrier: Thermal foil "Insulation" © Ecohome We’re including this with insulation, mostly to make clear its proper applications. Thermal foil refers to a bubble wrap with foil that acts to reflect infrared heat in certain situations. For it to work properly there needs to be an air space on t...

Poly vapour barriers in air conditioned houses can cause mold and rot
Healthy indoor air quality

Why you should Never Install Air-Con in a Home with a Vapor Barrier

...image via Wikimedia To build the structures of our houses today, we often use engineered wood products that have been chewed into tiny bite-sized morsels and that are held together with some tasty glues, which can be softened up in summer months thanks to the inward bound vapor drive hitting the poly vapor barrier ...

Insulated Radiant Floor ICF Foam Forms Heated with Air
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

Air-heated radiant floor slab foam forming systems

...thermal-solar air heaters, which are less risky (and less expensive) than thermal-solar hydronic heaters. Insulating air tubes near the heater box output to better distribute heat © Ecohome Can radiant floor heating provide all the necessary heat for a home? In theory, yes, but it ...