Poorly insulated basements / Guides

Basement wall insulation
Insulation and soundproofing

Properly insulating basements and concrete slab floors

...insulated, the second insulated to meet Building Code (R10) and the third insulated to R20, the minimum we would recommend in Canadian and US cold climate zones...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...insulated around the perimeter. In the case of a 'walk-out basement' you effectively have a slab, only with a very expensive and poorly insulated wall. Envisi...

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

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction

...basements are typically under-insulated or not insulated at all, and if they are, they almost always trap moisture within wall assemblies . This leads to conden...

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

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...poorly-insulated homes, particularly poorly-insulated basements with high-humidity that have not been designed to manage moisture properly. This is pretty much ...

Real estate

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

...insulated, and how well? A good thing to know is when any upgrades were done; basements are almost always built poorly and will likely have a much shorter lifes...

Ecohome's Kenogami House 'The Most Resilient Home in North America'
Concept and design

Resilient design features for new home construction

...insulated from the inside will experience. Discover how to insulate and build better basements here . Install a sump pump; including a battery backup is an ex...

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?

...poorly-insulated slab, heated or not. Without purchasing battery-powered heated socks you will have cold feet for the rest of your life. An Insulated Slab-o...

Poly vapour barriers in air conditioned houses can cause mold and rot
Healthy indoor air quality

Why you should Never Install Air-Con in a Home with a Vapor Barrier

...poorly or completely uninsulated and they devoured the cheap energy that was available in the past, drawing in endless fresh air and removing moisture. We just ...