How to insulate a basement / Guides

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 for a Passive Solar LEED Home insulated by Rockwool © Ecohome
Insulation and soundproofing

Insulating below slab-on-grade floors

...are so accustomed to a house having a basement that the idea of building a slab-on-grade creates an instant sense of fear and doom in many. We assure you this is not new, and it works. The reason we build basements and stay 4 to 5 feet below grade is to avoid frost heave, using dirt to insulate. With a slab-on-grade,...

Slab on grade or a foundation and basement?
Foundation choices

Slab-on-grade vs foundation and crawlspace or basement

...a fantastic way to start a passive solar home , as your entire floor surface consists of several inches of thermal mass to absorb heat. A slab is a great place to bury electrical work, plumbing, central vacuum tubes, phone and internet lines, speaker wires, and most importantly, tubing for radiant floor heat . A slab...

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

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

...also act as a radon gas barrier to protect indoor air quality, and it will satisfy building inspectors who are 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 an...

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

Basement renovations: How to prevent mold when finishing basements

...also act as a radon gas barrier to protect indoor air quality, and it will satisfy building inspectors who are 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 an...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...atures. 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 slab-on-grade or a foundation...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Foundations and Basements

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...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-Grade Foundation Form Systems in the EcoHome Green Buildin...

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

Free home energy audits in Canada

...ame things that a professional auditor would look at. It would of course be a bit of a stretch to call snooping around your house an ‘energy audit’, but hey…put on some overalls and a hard hat, grab a clip board and get into character because its always wise to take a close look around your house to make sure all is ...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Crawl spaces

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

...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-Grade Foundation Form Systems in the EcoHome Green Buildin...

Balanced insulation levels in a green home
Efficient home design

Insulation in Green Home Building, a balanced approach to putting it where it does the most good

...at down there and not the attic as you might suspect. That is a perfect example of misplaced resources and unbalanced insulation if you have a fluffy R60 blanket in the ceiling but a poorly insulated slab floor. Air leaks are responsible for a surprisingly large amount of heat loss, so plan your air barrier well in t...

Insulating crawlspaces as part of home renovation
Crawl spaces

How to insulate crawlspaces properly as part of renovating an older home

...ant a full basement, a great alternative is to build a slab-on-grade . Important note: The following crawlspace solutions are recommendations for how to deal with moisture and heat loss only, and provide only an anecdotal overview of how to deal with radon gas . We would recommend having your air tested for radon, an...