Finishing basements / Guides

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Foundations and Basements

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...finishing oil . So, now you know why we suggest choosing a slab-on-grade foundation instead of a crawl-space , read more about how to 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 about insulated Slab-on...

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

Resilient design features for new home construction

...basements here . Install a sump pump; including a battery backup is an excellent safeguard, as power outages typically happen during heavy storms - which is also the time you will probably need your sump pump. Prevent Mold by finishing basement walls correctly Raise wood-framed basement walls and any wood-framed ...

Spray Foam Insulation - Is it Good or Toxic & Dangerous?
Insulation and soundproofing

Is spray foam insulation a good choice for your home? Or a toxic recipe for disaster?

...basements. Tiny house builders often don’t include ventilation systems , leaving you penned in with your newly sprayed chemicals, and certainly no off-gassing will occur to the outside with metal boxes and concrete basements. Virtually no air will leak through spray foam after it sets (right after, at least) and as m...

Condensation on windows in our homes - why is it there? - how to stop it?
Walls and Roofs

Condensation on windows is a pain but is it a problem & how to stop it?

...basements or crawlspaces – When a home is built on a crawlspace or basement this can often be the cause of humidity in the home – even when the home is newer many areas building Code’s lock humidity in finished basement walls for years, causing damp and mold issues. Many basements were built with inadequate insulation,...

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

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

...finishing an EPS foam slab exterior. To learn more about Slab on Grade foundations enjoy the EcoHome Video Guide for a Slab on Grade Foundation with Solar Powered Radiant Heating , or discover many more articles about Design, Insulation, Forming, Heating & Pouring of Slab on Grade by Clicking HERE or join the debate ...

Installing foam panel insulation, which is best?
Insulation and soundproofing

Rigid insulation panels: which ones to use for different applications

...finishing basement , either interior or exterior. It is also something of a fool proof exterior board insulation when renovating, as it will not trap moisture from the interior inside the wall. In batt form is it a common alternative to fiberglass for its higher R value, and easier installation (at least for doing a ...

Earthship in Taos, New Mexico, shame they don't work in cold climates
Concept and design

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...basements with high-humidity that have not been designed to manage moisture properly. This is pretty much the definition of an Earthship in the way it would perform in Canada. Growing food in a cold-climate greenhouse creates a very humid environment, and a fundamental principle of the Earthship is food production on...