Interior basement insulation / Guides

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...insulation: To slow the movement of heat from inside to out in cold months. This is your insulation. It also helps keep heat out of the interior in summer. A vapour control layer, or vapor barrier : Although commonly known as a 'vapour barrier' a better term to use would be a vapour retarder. A moisture control b...

Slab-on-grade for Ecohome's upcoming video building guide
Slab on Grade

how to build a slab-on-grade on standard soil

...interior slab floor being poured later once the footing has set. Insulation underneath the footing is often omitted with this technique, which leads to thermal bridging and heat loss. This technique also requires a second trip with a concrete pump truck, which depending on your region can run anywhere from $700 to $100...

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

...insulation, even in problem areas. Install a polyethylene air / vapour barrier over the entire insulation area. In some cases, a coat of closed-cell spray foam will be added at this point in order to add insulation and to create a continuous moisture soil gas barrier. Seal the polyethylene barrier at all penetratio...

How radiant floors work
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

How to design for thermal comfort in a home

...insulation , avoiding thermal bridges , and how much insulation a basement needs . The Ecohome Green Building Guide Pages have all the information you need to build healthy, energy-efficient and resilient home s .

Earthship in Taos, New Mexico, shame they don't work in cold climates
Concept and design

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...insulation, but it's no more a 'natural phenomenon' or 'living breathing organism' than a normal basement with exterior foam insulation . Unfortunately for many Earthship owners around the world, including insulation in the design was a revelation that only occurred to Reynolds after 30 years of telling people they d...

Affordable Modern Prefab Eco Homes Available - The S1600
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

The S1600 - affordable modern prefab eco homes for families

...insulation panel, and the interior of the walls contains dense-packed cellulose insulation finished in the model house with a beautiful VOC & Formaldehyde-free plywood instead of drywall. When affordable prefabricated eco homes are Architect-designed, the difference is easy to see Energy-efficient performance ...

Non-toxic building materials can improve home air quality
Healthy indoor air quality

Maintaining healthy indoor air quality

...basements that is all too familiar is due to either poorly installed insulation , or having no insulation at all. Building below grade presents much greater challenges than above grade as walls cannot dry to the outside. Please see our pages on how to prevent mold in basements guide and basement insulation guide guide ...

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home is affordably Close
Planning and Design

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home gets affordably Close

...insulation of a building may be re-processed as insulation again in the future and the rest can be used as a source of energy that replaces non-renewable energy. Plywood walls instead of drywall: most of the interior surfaces, walls and cathedral ceiling are finished with plywood panels that are urea-formaldehyde fre...

Condensation on windows in our homes - why is it there? - how to stop it?
Walls and Roofs

Condensation on windows is a pain but is it a problem & how to stop it?

...basements or crawlspaces – When a home is built on a crawlspace or basement this can often be the cause of humidity in the home – even when the home is newer many areas building Code’s lock humidity in finished basement walls for years, causing damp and mold issues. Many basements were built with inadequate insulation,...

Basement wall insulation
Insulation and soundproofing

Properly insulating basements and concrete slab floors

...Basement or a Slab on Grade , in the EcoHome best practice for building Foundations & Basements guide section you will find the basics on foundation , basement & slab design , under slab insulation , site selection & preparation, excavation, drainage & radon gas prevention and mitigation . Technical edit and thermal ...

Building Green Homes on a Budget is Possible - Our top tips
Planning and Design

Top tips for planning and building a green home on a budget

...interior surfaces. It will also affect how much home maintenance you may be required to do in the future. The Ecohome green building-guide pages offer many resources for finding durable, healthy and eco-friendly building supplies while keeping to a budget; here are a few examples that will help you choose: Which in...