How to insulate basements / Guides

Exterior damp proofing and drainage mat to protect basements from wate
Insulation and soundproofing

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction

...to porous concrete, foundation walls will never dry, and continue to wick moisture. It is common practice to embed wood directly into concrete to frame window...

Slab on grade for a Passive Solar LEED Home insulated by 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 insu...

Slab on grade or a foundation and basement?
Foundation choices

Choosing between a slab-on-grade or a foundation and basement

...tor that into your plans. A utility room can be noisy, so try to situate it away the general living areas and be sure to soundproof the walls. Be sure to ch...

Better Basement Design on basement walls prevents mold and midlew
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 j...

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...

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

Free home energy audits in Canada

...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 ...

Renovate, Remodel or Rebuild? How to choose which is Best for Homes
Wall assemblies - renovation

Should I be renovating my home or tearing it down & rebuilding?

...to keep using the crawlspace for storage and mechanical systems, see our page on how to insulate crawlspaces . Repairing foundations & insulating from the e...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Crawl spaces

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...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 h...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...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...

Water efficiency
Plumbing and water heaters

How to save money on your hot water bills!

...howerheads you wouldn't even be able to tell the difference. Insulate your water heater and pipes © Ecohome To avoid heat loss, you can add a layer of...

Free Energy Audits, Net Zero Home Grants & Interest Free Home Renovation Loans
Grants and incentives

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...How to fix ice dams so you can understand yourself how it should be done and you can then be sure your contractor is carrying out work properly. How to finish...