Insulating basement floors / Guides

Basement wall insulation
Insulation and soundproofing

Properly insulating basements and concrete slab floors

...Insulating a basement is a great idea if it wasn't insulated when built , as before we began insulating foundation walls and below slabs (see slab on grade) , i...

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

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction

...floors: A large portion of heat is lost to poorly insulated basements, including below slab floors. The optimum levels of insulation below slabs varies by regio...

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

Insulating below slab-on-grade floors

Insulating below slab-on-grade foundations Why insulate under a slab on grade foundation? For comfort, and to save money, that's why! In many areas Building ...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...basement to optimize sqft on your building plot, then learn best practice for insulating when building a new basement here , or if you have a basement and need ...

Slab on grade or a foundation and basement?
Foundation choices

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

...Insulating under concrete floors is essential Many building codes have only recently insisted on the inclusion of insulation below concrete basement floors , ...

Off grid, passively heated and cooled house in the Gatineau Hills, Que
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off grid and passively heated, this house in Low, Quebec is aiming for LEED certification

...floors warmed by a propane boiler. A double exterior wall system reduces heat loss to a fraction of what you would expect from most other new houses being built...

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?

...basement. Cinderblock basement foundation timber stud wall being demolished due to moisture damage © Ecohome Basements are better repaired from the outs...

Crawlspace radon barrier installation for radon mitigation
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Removing radon gas from basements and crawlspaces

...basement floors, this is possible in a crawlspace also if it is flat enough - though very few are. Radon mitigation example for when installing a basement f...

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

...floors or air heated radiant floors . The financial investment put towards the comfort of radiant floors can arguably be redirected towards insulation instead. ...

Passive home designer Harold Orr, one of the original high performance homes
Passive solar home design

The principal designer of the house that inspired the global Passivhaus movement reflects on the project that started it all.

...insulating the basement walls all the way to the footings and insulating the basement floor would result in frost damage to the foundation. This has since bee...

Roxul mineral wool batt insulation in LEED Homes
Insulation and soundproofing

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

...insulating foundation walls, it should never be installed against a cold concrete wall. See our pages on how to avoid or get rid of mold in basements for more o...