Basement retrofit / 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 breaks down, and can seep into your home undetected as it is colourless, odourless and tasteless; it can also dissolve in well water entering your home with the w...

Free Energy Audits, Net Zero Home Grants & Interest Free Home Renovation Loans
Grants and incentives

0% loans & Grants for Green Home Renovations & Construction - A Boost for Canadians in 2020

...basement wall And probably the worst mistakes in building we ever see, and which still happens in new construction as well as renovations, is basements being built wrong. Like....REALLY wrong! Before you allow a contractor to do basement renovations in a way that only makes sense if you are starting a mushroom farm, ...

What is a Free Home Energy Audit Canada?
Grants and incentives

Free home energy audits in Canada

...retrofit Loans in 2020 if the Liberal's 2019 election promises come to fruition. How is an energy audit conducted? The depth of the audit will depend on what services you have asked an auditor to perform . If you are conducting a home energy audit in order to qualify for green home renovation tax credits and financ...

Renovate, Remodel or Rebuild? How to choose which is Best for Homes
Wall assemblies - renovation

Should I be renovating my home or tearing it down & rebuilding?

...basement. Cinderblock basement foundation timber stud wall being demolished due to moisture damage © Ecohome Basements are better repaired from the outside if possible but can also be done from the interior if excavating to access the exterior is not an option. For cost consideration, if it doesn’t require ma...

HERD Home energy rating disclosure
Grants and incentives

Ontario's Home Energy Rating and Disclosure plan (HERD) is great news for home buyers

...retrofit programs. “Universal home energy labelling is the single most important tool to increase energy literacy towards a successful climate change strategy,” said Elizabeth MacDonald, CEO of the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance. Beyond helping Ontario and Canada meet its climate change targets, this will save hom...

Better Basement Design on basement walls prevents mold and midlew
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...