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 are typically under-insulated or not insulated at all, and if they are, they almost always trap moisture within wall assemblies . This leads to conden...

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 for mitigating soil gas, but it is far more durable during the construction phase than the 6 mil poly. More on radon protection : Removing 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...

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...

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 ...

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

Resilient design features for new home construction

...better than complicated. Passive is better than active. Moving parts fail. We attribute these three conclusions to Rob Dumont, one of the designers of the...

Rendering of River District Sustainable housing development In Vancouv
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Vancouver developer leads the way to more sustainable communities

...better developers and builders know how to both built better and sell better. What I mean by 'selling better' is that they can explain the merits of their proje...

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...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Crawl spaces

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 ...