Insulating foundation walls / 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

...foundation walls. Drainage: Regardless of the location or amount of insulation, foundation walls should be protected from ground water, which should be direct...

Slab on grade or a foundation and basement?
Foundation choices

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

...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 burie...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...foundation walls with above-ground walls. In other words, you are replacing concrete walls with a much more affordable and energy efficient wall assembly. Thi...

Net Zero Energy home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Net Zero Energy house in Edmonton, Alberta

...Foundations: All three foundations will be constructed using I CF blocks with an additional interior wall for extra insulation. The result is a foundation wit...

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 C...

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?

...foundation can save you the cost of pouring new footings and foundation walls. Even if the house on top will be torn down, it is possible that the foundation ca...

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

...foundation . Notes for excavating a Slab on Grade foundation: 1) When beginning with a rubble trench for the load bearing part of a foundation (as per ins...

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

Basement renovations: How to prevent mold when finishing basements

...foundation walls but likely not a proper drainage mat and perimiter drain. Outside upgrades are the ideal correction given the way basement walls were left ex...

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...

Prefab LEED Passive House Kit Homes the Future of House Building?
Passive House

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of home building?

...foundation construction on problem soils like expansive clay or peat. Chosen Slab-on-Grade Form Kit Brand : Legalett frost protected shallow foundation form...