Crawlspace / Guides

Slab on grade or a foundation and basement?
Foundation choices

Slab-on-grade vs foundation and crawlspace or basement

...crawlspace or a slab foundation ? - Ecohome Guide Best practices for basement construction - Ecohome Guide How much insulation does a basement need - EcoHome Guide How to finish the exterior of Insulated basements and slabs - Ecohome Video Guide Why is a Slab-on-grade Foundation more Eco-Friendly than a Basemen...

Insulating crawlspaces as part of home renovation
Crawl spaces

How to insulate crawlspaces properly as part of renovating an older home

...crawlspaces . Fixing a dirt floor crawlspace: All too often a crawlspace will have nothing but a dirt floor, and probably some un-insulated walls. The result of that is an unending source of humidity as moisture in the ground evaporates into the air and can condense on cold walls and joists where mold can establish...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Foundations and Basements

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...crawlspace What’s more durable, a slab on grade or a crawlspace? If you read anywhere online that they are comparable in terms of durability or functional life span, then close that window and open another . A properly-insulated slab of concrete resting on high-ground with a frost-protection skirt will outlast a ...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Crawl spaces

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

...crawlspace. Or wait, maybe spelunking, it's often hard to tell the difference. What’s more durable, a slab on grade or crawlspace? If you read anywhere online that they are comparable in terms of durability or functional life span, then close that window and open another . A properly-insulated slab of concrete re...

Crawlspace radon barrier installation for radon mitigation
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Removing radon gas from basements and crawlspaces

...Crawlspace floors that won’t be insulated: A radon barrier needs to be installed to seal off the ground from the air in the crawlspace . A DIY radon mitigation solution for a crawlspace is to use a standard 6 mil polyethylene vapour barrier, which works, but contractors may be required by law to use a fire-rated memb...

How to Fasten Cement Board Facing to slab on grade insulation
Slab on Grade

Finishing the exterior of an insulated slab-on-grade floor

...crawlspace or a slab foundation , you need to know how to finish the edge off durably. Typically the exterior edge of a slab on grade is made of EPS foam and can be parged. Having used rigid Rockwool panels meant we needed an additional solid exterior surface. Here we installed an exterior cement board , though that ...

Slab on grade for a Passive Solar LEED Home insulated by Rockwool © Ecohome
Insulation and soundproofing

Insulating below slab-on-grade floors

...crawlspace or a slab foundation . WATCH MORE GREEN BUILDING VIDEOS HERE Building Code requirements for sub-slab insulation vary by region, the only consistency is that it is almost always insufficient, saddling homeowners with a choice between having higher heating bills or chilly feet. In this case we have gon...

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?

...Crawlspaces: We never recommend building a crawlspace from scratch since they don’t make a lot of sense, but they exist, and most of them can be renovated and brought up to spec in a few different ways. If the exterior walls of the house are in good shape and you plan to keep the house, one option is to fill in the c...

Smart sewage backup device
Plumbing and water heaters

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

...crawlspace) it can be pretty affordable, or might go as high as $2,000 if it includes replacing finished flooring. However, that still leaves you needing to clean the valve fairly regularly either by yourself or at a cost. Other advantages of the Aqua-Protec® • The system sends a signal when there is backflow • D...

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

Mitigating radon gas in homes

...crawlspaces: Removing radon from basements & crawlspaces is easier if prevented rather than cured, and existing homes that are found to have high levels of Radon should look at mitigation asap. Depending on the state of your basement and or crawlspace, there will be varying degrees of difficulty in mitigating radon. ...

Roxul mineral wool batt insulation in LEED Homes
Insulation and soundproofing

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

...crawlspace © Ecohome Recycled content : Not very high, (though it could and should be, but it isn't commercially viable.) Method and form : Comes in panels, 2x8, 4x8 and other dimensions, with variable thicknesses. R value: 3.6 to 4.2 per inch. Notes : EPS is the only commercially available foam...