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How to insulate basements properly
Insulation and soundproofing

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction

...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 wall assembli...

Slab on grade or a foundation and basement?
Foundation choices

Slab-on-grade vs foundation and crawlspace or basement

...home 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 Basement? - EcoHome Discussions

Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Removing radon gas from well water

...home undetected as it is colourless, odourless and tasteless; it can also dissolve in well water entering your home with the water you consume. While the concept of radon gas has not yet become common knowledge with designers and builders, some building codes already require the installation of at least a soil-gas me...

Step by step guide for slab-on-grade home construction
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade construction: the ecoHOME A to Z Slab building guide

...with no holes simply for the containment and evacuation of radon gas buildup below the slab. If you live in an area with no known radon contamination or have no intention of installing a radon evacuation system, holes in the poly are not a concern, as a 'vapour barrier' does not need to be sealed or airtight. See our v...

Basement wall insulation
Insulation and soundproofing

Properly insulating basements and concrete slab floors

...novating or building a new home in the US or Canada with a Basement or a Slab on Grade , in the EcoHome best practice for building Foundations & Basements guide section you will find the basics on foundation , basement & slab design , under slab insulation , site selection & preparation, excavation, drainage & radon ga...

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

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

...not accustomed to seeing a wall without a vapour barrier and may not allow you to continue. Radon gas prevention and remedial insulation in basements © Ecohome Note: the above diagram shows an ideal and complete basement renovation beginning with breaking and removing the existing concrete floor. Most older bas...

Yukon's first LEED certified home
LEED Homes

The Yukon's First LEED Certified Home

...home ended up using 30% less energy than modelling predicted. With an average annual heating bill of about $500 in one of the coldest parts of our country, heating costs are approximately 75% less than the average Yukon home. More statistics and features included in this home: Double stud walls with no thermal br...

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

Basement renovations: How to prevent mold when finishing basements

...not accustomed to seeing a wall without a vapour barrier and may not allow you to continue. Radon gas prevention and remedial insulation in basements © Ecohome Note: the above diagram shows an ideal and complete basement renovation beginning with breaking and removing the existing concrete floor. Most older bas...

Future proof your home by preparing and building to for climate change
Planning and Design

Homes built for Climate Disruptions: A Primer for Home Owners and Buyers

...home. Build it to be ready for a tougher future instead of an easier past, and your home will take care of you in return. Gary Martin is a former home builder and remodeler, and now studies and teaches climate change adaptation. Now that you know more about Future proofing homes so they can withstand clim...

What is a Free Home Energy Audit Canada?
Grants and incentives

Free home energy audits in Canada

...home building incentives in order to correct things that would have been better done from the start! Now that you understand What a Home Energy Audit is , learn about What Renovations add the most value and What Homebuyers are Looking for and what Green Home Renovation Tax Credits and Incentives are available to help...

Net Zero Energy homes Edmonton Alberta
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Net Zero Energy house in Edmonton, Alberta

...home © Effect Home Builders Technology in the Three Belgravia Green Homes: Advanced wall systems: Different wall systems combined with various technologies are being used to demonstrate diverse methods to achieve Net Zero energy consumption. The showhome and neighbouring home to the West will feature ...