Basements / Guides

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

...basements begin with a poured footing, then a foundation wall, and finally the slab floor. Rarely are footings insulated, and depending on how the walls are ins...

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

Free home energy audits in Canada

...basements, seeing how it is insulated, the level of attic insulation, the quality of your windows, and a blower door test to see how much heat loss there is fro...

Smart sewage backup device
Plumbing and water heaters

Sewage backup flood prevention and water leak notification on your device - our products of the month

...basements is a hot topic as we are regularly seeing the effects of climate change in the form of extreme weather events and unpredictable weather patterns. Snow...

A Vancouver laneway house
Flexible house design

Flexible house design

...basements is quite common for adding space to a home, but be sure your walls are well-constructed to prevent moisture damage. If you are pouring a basement floo...

As our climate adapts to human carbon emissions, homes have to change
Lifestyle and environment

Changing homes in a changing climate

...basements. Backups often happen when there is excessive rain or flooding, as the sewers become overloaded. After the 2005 floods, the city of Toronto made the...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Foundations and Basements

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...basements here and about insulated Slab-on-Grade Foundation Form Systems in the EcoHome Green Building Guides for Sustainable Buildings here

LEED Platinum prefabricated home Kit
LEED Homes

LEED® Platinum prefab kit home has superior air quality and performance

...basements. E: Why a pellet stove for heating in a LEED home? RS: Quebec is one of the major producers of wood pellets, and I wanted an energy source that wa...

HEPA filters & SMART Air Filters catch airborne dust, pollen, allergens, virus
Healthy indoor air quality

Buying guide for home air filters in furnaces - HEPA, SMART or Regular?

...basements or service rooms - and filter changes can often be forgotten for months on end. When did you last change your filter, and did you choose based on cost...

Lifestyle and environment

Emergency preparedness guide for homes

...basements have sump pumps, but they require power to operate. And, the most likely time you will lose power is during a heavy storm, the very time you will most...

Concept and design

How to stay on budget when building a home

...basements (and any finishing costs) as part of the area of ​​the house when they do cost estimates. 30 years ago, when most new homes were somewhat similar in...

Condensation on windows leads to mold & mildew in homes, ERV & HRV systems help
Ventilation

Ventilation & air exchangers

...basements where ventilation is essential to stop mold forming . There are still those that profess that walls need to breath and that 'houses are too airtight...