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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) , it was generally estimated that basement heat loss accounted for about 1/3 of the total heat loss of a house. It is likely that such an abysmal starting place ma...

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

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction

...insulating the exterior of basement walls we consume less interior space and prevent exposing walls to the seasonal freeze/thaw cycle known as 'thermal shock' that can cause the cracking of foundations. Insulating basement interiors rather than exteriors can be the cheaper option were you to choose just one, particul...

Slab on grade or a foundation and basement?
Foundation choices

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

...basement is experiencing moisture issues, as most do eventually. A common mistake in basement finishing is doing it too soon, before concrete walls are dry. Allow 2 years for concrete to shed excess moisture. All walls need to breath in one direction and since the exterior foundation walls are buried in wet ground, t...

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

Basement renovations: How to prevent mold when finishing basements

...basement insulation or maybe none. You may have an exterior damp-proofing spray on foundation walls but likely not a proper drainage mat and perimeter drain or basement flood prevention measures . Outside upgrades are the ideal correction given the way basement walls were left exposed in the past; however, unless you...

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

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

...basements Moldy & Damp? 1) The National Building Code now insists on basement insulation (this is a good thing), and it needs to be done before delivery to homeowners, which will be years before the concrete in the basement walls has fully dried. 2) Decisions on wall assemblies and the materials that will be used a...

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

Insulating below slab-on-grade floors

...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, the difference is you use 'insulation...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...basement with much cheaper and better performing walls, though if you do need to build a 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 to learn how to finish a basement & insulate correctly to avoid mold, s...

Yukon's first LEED certified home
LEED Homes

The Yukon's First LEED Certified Home

...basement. Like all semi-detached duplexes, a shared wall significantly reduces heat loss and on top of that this home has walls insulated to R-60 and the ceiling to R-100. Hyper-insulating a home will add cost of course, up until a certain point. With such extreme insulation , builder Forest Pearson was able to avoid...

Net Zero Energy homes Edmonton Alberta
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Net Zero Energy house in Edmonton, Alberta

...basement concrete slabs. Cellulose will be blown into the double stud wood framed walls and attics. It is densely packed in the walls to avoid settling. Cellulose is made predominantly from post-consumer recycled paper. Heating: Each Belgravia Green home will have a completely different heating system. One ...

Insulating crawlspaces as part of home renovation
Crawl spaces

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

...walls behind the studs and into the cavities, you can leave enough room to do any wiring if required. Spray foam insulating basement walls © Bala Structures The foam needs to then be covered with drywall as fire protection, which can be attached to the stud wall. No vapour barrier is required in addition to spr...

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?

...walls with a Larsen truss wall system . If you like the shape of the house and the supporting walls are in relatively good condition, retrofitting, renovating and insulating house walls from the outside is a great option to choose. You will save demolition costs, and save the material and labour costs of framing a ne...