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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...

Insulating a Slab on grade for a Passive Solar LEED Home with Rockwool © Ecohome
Insulation and soundproofing

Insulating below slab-on-grade floors

...dirt to insulate. With a slab-on-grade, the difference is you use 'insulation' to insulate, rather than dirt. This effectively moves the frost line from 4 feet down to just 6 inches, problem solved. Building above grade on a slab can be a much cheaper starting place than a basement, and leads to a more comfortable an...

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...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...floor from freezing temperatures. Since this creates additional floor area underground, it is a natural desire to claim that space, and so born is the basement rec room or man-cave - and it's important to understand how to choose between a crawlspace or a slab foundation too. Whether you start construction with a sla...

Why Radon maps by state or province shouldn't replace testing

Radon Levels by State & Province - Why a Radon Test is Essential

...crawlspaces, which radon mitigation system is best depends on how high your levels are, how finished your basement is and whether or not you use it as living space. The only really easy DIY Radon mitigation technique is for crawlspaces or basements with dirt floors , where a passive radon stack can be laid down under...