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, for comfort and a good return on investment. Modelled using a 4-inch concrete floor, you can see that in the first image of an uninsulated floor, the ...

How to insulate basements properly
Insulation and soundproofing

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction

...Basements Flooding - Flood Prevention, Pumps & Alarms here Slab 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 region and climate, but also by individual building site and soil conditions. To save both mon...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...basements to be insulated and new home buyers usually want the space finished, the cheapest way for developers to do this is to treat them as they do above ground walls. So basements are generally insulated on the inside, long before unwanted moisture has left, and in the same manner that we build above ground where wa...

Real estate

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

...Basements: Trust your nose - does it seem dank and mouldy? Is there any sign of previous flooding? Is it 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 lifespan than above-grade walls. Sometimes walls in mechanic...

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?

...insulated slab-on-grade foundations are our favourite way to build, but old ones that are not properly built can be difficult and expensive to upgrade. Houses built on slabs are a fairly new concept so there are not that many out there done poorly, but they do exist. A minimally-insulated concrete slab be very uncomfor...

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 the definition of an Earthship in the way it would perform in Canada. Growing food in a cold-climate greenhouse creates a very humid environment, and a fundam...

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 excellent safeguard, as power outages typically happen during heavy storms - which is also the time you will probably need your sump pump. Prevent Mold by finis...

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 kept pumping in energy to replace the heat that was escaping in every direction and all was well in the world - or so we thought, before we knew better. Also,...