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

Insulating below slab-on-grade floors

...above grade on a slab can be a much cheaper starting place than a basement, and leads to a more comfortable and durable home. For greater details check out some...

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

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

...as a high R value per inch, acts as an air barrier and a vapour barrier. However, it has been known to shrink after application, leaving air gaps and a lack of ...

Slab on grade or a foundation and basement?
Foundation choices

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

Better Basement Design on basement walls prevents mold and midlew
Healthy indoor air quality

Basement renovations: How to prevent mold when finishing basements

...as a high R value per inch, acts as an air barrier and a vapour barrier. However, it has been known to shrink after application, leaving air gaps and a lack of ...

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

...to beef up the insulation of a building envelope somewhat randomly, and in an unbalanced way. While it is true that the more insulation you put in any area will...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...ave a basement and need to learn how to finish a basement & insulate correctly to avoid mold, see here . In cold climates, a slab-on-grade can easily avoid fr...

Roxul mineral wool batt insulation in LEED Homes
Insulation and soundproofing

Choosing the right insulation: the pros, cons and applications for walls, slabs & basements

...ally available foam insulation panel that is at all vapour permeable, which can be an advantage in some applications, as can those that are vapour impermeable. ...

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

Free home energy audits in Canada

...alls 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 in order. Findi...

Real estate

Evaluating a home before purchase: how to recognize value and potential problems

...at's a cost you should factor into an offer price. Bathroom water damage: Does it have wood around wet areas? Are there signs of water damage anywhere? Are to...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Foundations and Basements

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...ade 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 crawlspa...

Installing foam panel insulation, which is best?
Insulation and soundproofing

Rigid insulation panels: which ones to use for different applications

...and 60 ng are U.S. and Canadian equivalent rates of permeability, below that rate of permeability classifies a material as a type II vapour retarder, suitable f...