Better basements / Guides

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

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction

...Basements Flooding - Flood Prevention, Pumps & Alarms here Slab floors: A large portion of heat is lost to poorly insulated basements, including below slab...

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...

Radon and vapour barrier below slab on grade floor
Healthy indoor air quality

Vapour / radon barriers below slab floors

...better still to continually monitor for high radon levels. It's so important for health, and it's so easy to miss a small detail during construction that lets r...

Slab on grade or a foundation and basement?
Foundation choices

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

...better to be safe than sorry Build using the best practices for mold free basements as oulined here Ventilate using a HRV or ERV , because let's face it - f...

Radon Mitigation - Installing a radon evacuation stack in a slab floor
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Mitigating radon gas in homes

...basements. Carbon Monoxide in homes may have the reputation as the "silent killer", but we say it's better to be safe than sorry and test your home for radon ga...

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...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...basements. What's wrong with basements? The costs - ecological and financial : Concrete is very expensive to purchase and extremely energy intensive durin...

Why basements flood and how to prevent that with a sump pump
Basements improvements

Why Basements Flood & How to Prevent Flooded Basements

...basements is very common and most times can be easily avoided. Why basements flood in the first place is pretty easy to answer – it’s a hole in the ground and t...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Foundations and Basements

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...better on poor soil or high water tables? flooded crawlspaces are another great reason to choose a slab-on-grade foundation A slab foundation is better ...

Roxul mineral wool batt insulation in LEED Homes
Insulation and soundproofing

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

...basements due to its sensitivity to moisture. Cellulose Rigid Foam Panel Insulation Cellulose rigid foam insulation is a greener choice than styrofoam...

Which House Plants are Best to Clean Air & Remove Toxins?
Healthy indoor air quality

Which house plants are best for purifying air? Ecohome investigates

...better to follow practical and proven methods such as the guidelines laid out in home rating systems such as LEED This popular internet rumor stems from a NAS...