Basement floor / Guides

Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Removing radon gas from well water

...basement floor or behind your foundation walls, but rather high levels of radon gas in your water supply. Radon gas occurs naturally as uranium in the soil br...

Slab on grade or a foundation and basement?
Foundation choices

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

...floor and finished flooring, you’ll be lucky to stay under $40,000. Building basements ‘just because’ invites unnecessary costs, potential humidity problems, an...

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 especially in relation to the best insulation types to choose for basements. Better basement insulation techniques: The materials and design you c...

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-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...basement foundation counts on being buried at depths of between four and five feet to protect the footing and basement floor from freezing temperatures. Since t...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Foundations and Basements

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...basement storage, a mechanical room on the main floor, and no ability to move plumbing fixtures for future renovations. So how to deal with that? No basemen...

Radiant floor heat in a bathroom
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

DIY radiant floor installation

...basement floor behaves the same way. A heated floor will warm your feet and the air in the house (making it rise), but it will also be heating the ground belo...

Exterior damp proofing and drainage mat to protect basements from wate
Insulation and soundproofing

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction

...floor heat. Thermal image of basement insulation and heat loss © Ecohome Exterior basement insulation is less common, probably due to ...

Prefab frost-protected shallow foundation insulated form kit
Slab on Grade

Raft slabs - How to build Insulated Frost Protected shallow foundations (FPSF) on problem soils

...basement design: Traditional basements begin with a poured footing, then a foundation wall, and finally the slab floor. Rarely are footings insulated, and dep...

Better Basement Design on basement walls prevents mold and midlew
Healthy indoor air quality

Basement renovations: How to prevent mold when finishing basements

...Basements don't have to be moldy, that is the first thing to realize. It's easy to build a basement better, or to finish an existing basement correctly , we j...

Balanced insulation levels in a green home
Efficient home design

Insulation in Green Home Building, a balanced approach to putting it where it does the most good

...basement floor in winter. Heat moves from warm to cold seeking equilibrium, and the ground in Canada is roughly 4-7° Celsius when you go down 5 or more feet. So...