Healthy basement finishing / Guides

Slab on grade or a foundation and basement?
Foundation choices

Slab-on-grade vs foundation and crawlspace or basement

...basement, it makes sense to use the space . But living underground is not the most ideal situation at the best of times and especially if your basement is experiencing moisture issues, as most do eventually. A common mistake in basement finishing is doing it too soon, before concrete walls are dry. Allow 2 years for co...

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

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

...basement to have any chance at doing what you want it to do without growing black stinky and unhealthy mold, it should be finished with respect to the conclusions of building scientists regarding moisture movement namely; " Vapor barriers on basement insulation will rot your walls " We put vapour barriers in baseme...

Prefab LEED Passive House Kit Homes the Future of House Building?
Passive House

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of home building?

...Healthy interior finishing options Beyond aesthetics, many of the detail finishing inside modern sustainable homes needs to be chosen with IQA in mind as well as recyclability for a reduction in end of lifecycle impact. Metal stair railings, emission-free and recyclable Edible plants in built-in planters, like ...

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...

Prefab Passive House & LEED Kit Homes for Sale in Ontario & North Eastern US
Concept and design

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of buying a new home?

...Healthy interior finishing options Beyond aesthetics, many of the detail finishing inside modern sustainable homes needs to be chosen with IQA in mind as well as recyclability for a reduction in end of lifecycle impact. Metal stair railings, emission-free and recyclable Edible plants in built-in planters, like ...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Crawl spaces

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

...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...

Affordable Modern Prefab Eco Homes Available - The S1600
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

The S1600 - affordable modern prefab eco homes for families

...healthy indoor environment filled with non-toxic, sustainable and natural building materials. The wall structure is composed of FSC certified lumber and an exterior wood fiber insulation panel, and the interior of the walls contains dense-packed cellulose insulation finished in the model house with a beautiful VOC & Fo...

Building Green Homes on a Budget is Possible - Our top tips
Planning and Design

Top tips for planning and building a green home on a budget

...healthy and eco-friendly building supplies while keeping to a budget; here are a few examples that will help you choose: Which insulation is best for different applications Choosing the right rigid insulation boards Eco-friendly flooring options Choosing safe paint Find durable and healthy green kitchen cou...

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 insulate basements properly
Insulation and soundproofing

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction

...finishing basement interiors as living space rarely account for the impacts that come with the added moisture load below grade , or the amount of heat that will be lost to the ground. Existing basements are typically under-insulated or not insulated at all, and if they are, they almost always trap moisture within wal...

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

Basement renovations: How to prevent mold when finishing basements

...basements as oulined above Ventilate using a HRV or ERV, because let's face it - fresh air improves any Man Cave! Further reading for basement mold prevention: How to choose between an ERV & HRV system for basement ventilation & Mold prevention - EcoHome Guide How much insulation does a basement need - EcoH...