Build better basements / Guides

Slab on grade or a foundation and basement?
Foundation choices

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

...better quality of life to build 'up' instead of 'down'. Check out our video building guide: passive solar slab-on-grade construction Slab-on-Grade Construct...

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

Basement renovations: How to prevent mold when finishing basements

...building materials and can cause health problems - that's why we don't want mold in our basements! Specifically we can prevent damage to buildings and buildin...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...better performing walls, though if you do need to build a basement to optimize sqft on your building plot, then learn best practice for insulating when building...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Foundations and Basements

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...build a slab on grade here , how to build a basement properly here , how to insulate a crawlspace here , or all about removing radon gas from basements here and...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Crawl spaces

Should I Build on a Slab on Grade Foundation or a Crawl Space?

...build a slab on grade here , how to build a basement properly here , how to insulate a crawlspace here , or all about removing radon gas from basements here and...

Finished basements can lead to mold and mildew
Healthy indoor air quality

Why are basements moldy? How to fix or Prevent a Moldy Basement

...build and choose materials for basements especially in relation to the best insulation types to choose for basements. Better basement insulation techniques: ...

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

Why Basements Flood & How to Prevent Flooded Basements

...build basements so they won't flood or develop mold in these pages : Why are basements moldy? How to fix & prevent mold in homes Preventing mold whe...

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...

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

Resilient design features for new home construction

...building for a changing Climate here . Even without adding significant cost to a build, a home can be built with far greater durability and be better-abled 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

...building footprint will be. Build a retaining wall if necessary to create a level building surface. If there are large holes where tree roots have been remo...

Mobile tiny house
Tiny house

Is Tiny House living in a cold climate good or bad for the planet?

...building small is a great idea, and innovative buildings always inspire greatness in others, so a tip of the hat to tiny-house builders and dwellers. They are r...