Durable basements / Guides

Basement Design for walls prevents mold & midlew when renovating & finishing
Healthy indoor air quality

Basement renovations: How to prevent mold when finishing basements

...basements listed below that work well in the battle against moldy basements. EPS (Expanded Polystyrene), XPS (Extruded Polystyrene), Mineral wool: SPUF is quite expensive; so rigid insulation panels and a 2x4 wall with batt insulation can be a much more affordable option - but you need to know the right techniques ...

How to insulate basements properly
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 floors. The optimum levels of insulation below slabs varies by region and climate, but also by individual building site and soil conditions. To save both mon...

Slab on grade or a foundation and basement?
Foundation choices

Slab-on-grade vs foundation and crawlspace or basement

...basements altogether and choosing to build a slab-on-grade instead. Concrete foundations - pros & cons: For a modest sized home, a concrete foundation will cost you easily between $20,000 and $30,000 . Factor in a subfloor and finished flooring, you’ll be lucky to stay under $40,000. Building basements ‘just becaus...

Radon and vapour barrier below slab on grade floor
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Vapour / radon barriers below slab floors

...durable during the construction phase than the 6 mil poly. More on radon protection : Removing radon gas from well water Removing radon gas from crawlspaces & basements From the EcoHome Green Home Building Guides

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

Insulating below slab-on-grade floors

...basements and stay 4 to 5 feet below grade is to avoid frost heave, using 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 ...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...Basements can also be susceptible to Radon gas infiltration , so to learn how to prevent Radon gas levels being high in homes, see here - or to specifically find out how to remove Radon gas form basements and crawl spaces, see here . Health, durability and comfort: Despite how common finished basements are, there i...

Roxul mineral wool batt insulation in LEED Homes
Insulation and soundproofing

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

...durable wall systems. Loose fill or dense-packed cellulose insulation Blowing cellulose insulation in roof © Ecohome Recycled Content : 80% to 100% Method and form : Cellulose consists of shredded newsprint and is non-toxic, recycled and generally local. It’s great for attics, you can blow it to whateve...

Real estate

Evaluating a home before purchase: how to recognize value and potential problems

...durable and have a much longer lifespan. More here on choosing durable roof coverings. Windows: Quality is hard to judge by sight, but look to see if they are installed in a way that they will shed water. Sloped sills on the outside are good, and metal flashings on top of windows are a sign that it was done by a cons...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Crawl spaces

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

...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 resting on high-ground with a frost-protection skirt will outlast a house built on a crawlspace; ...

Frost Heave Prevention Helps Stop Frost Heaving Breaking up Home Foundations
New foundations and slab-on-grade

What causes Frost Heave? Preventing frost heaving is down to good foundation design

...durable basement construction and renovations in these pages: Building better basements: how to insulate your basement properly Preventing mold when insulating basements Crawl Space Insulation Tips for Insulating Crawlspaces Properly How much insulation does a basement need? Are Better Insulated Homes Worth...

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?

...durable & sustainable than a new home built right. If all went well and there were no unpleasant surprises during a home renovation , I would at best be left with the same size of mortgage, a lower quality home and a living space that was designed three quarters of a century earlier to serve as a weekend & summer cotta...