How to insulate basements / 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 or a foundation and basement?
Foundation choices

Slab-on-grade vs foundation and crawlspace or basement

...tons. It will also account for between 10 to 15 percent of the total building costs, which does not include finishing the inside basement walls, or building a floor on top of it. And if you remember the 'One-Tonne Challenge ' that asked Canadians to reduce thier carbon emissions by one tonne in a year, well this one ...

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

Basement renovations: How to prevent mold when finishing basements

...Basements don't have to be moldy, that is the first thing to realize. It's easy to build a basement better, or to finish an existing basement correctly , we just need to realize that they behave differently than above grade walls and to build accordingly to effectively deal with the humidity found underground - and b...

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

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

...to the inside. We have to stop trying to prevent that by wrapping them with an impervious layer of plastic. We also have to realize that building below grade is a different beast that building above grade, and to start respecting the laws of physics when we design, build and choose materials for basements especially in...

How to insulate basements properly
Insulation and soundproofing

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction

...tom of framed basement walls © floodsill.com Spacers below bottom plates : Shimming up bottom plates with backer rods or chunks of foam can be an added measure of durability in the event of any interior flooding, by allowing water to pass under walls. Read all about how to Stop Basements Flooding - Flood Pr...

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...

Why basements flood and how to prevent that with a sump pump
Basements improvements

Why Basements Flood & How to Prevent Flooded Basements

...basements flood and how to prevent basement flooding including installing sump pumps and sump pump battery backups - Find more pages about home durability and how to build basements so they won't flood or develop mold in these pages : Why are basements moldy? How to fix & prevent mold in homes Preventing ...

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

Free home energy audits in Canada

...top order. and if you are one of the masses that prefer watching to reading, then check out our YouTube channel home renovation DIY videos . How to insulate attics properly When to replace old windows when renovating and when to repair them How much insulation does a basement need? Best Energy Saving Tips for...

$40k Interest-Free Loans for Green Home Renos, How to Apply Canada 2021
Grants and incentives

Greener Homes interest-free loan scheme 2021 Canada - the ultimate guide

...to help up to 700,000 Canadian homeowners across the country improve the energy efficiency of their homes and reduce their energy bills with grants of up to $5,000 to make energy-efficient retrofits to their homes and up to $600 to help with the cost of an EnerGuide home energy evaluation. To help homeowners and buil...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Crawl spaces

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

...toxic natural wood 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 abou...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Foundations and Basements

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...toxic natural wood 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 abou...