Proper basement insulation / Guides

How to insulate basements properly
Insulation and soundproofing

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction

...basement insulation and heat loss © Ecohome Exterior basement insulation is less common, probably due to the fact that it can be more expensive. And there are certainly less cases where insulation is installed on both sides. By insulating the exterior of basement walls we consume less interior space and preve...

Slab on grade or a foundation and basement?
Foundation choices

Slab-on-grade vs foundation and crawlspace or basement

...basement construction: How to choose between a crawlspace or a slab foundation ? - Ecohome Guide Best practices for basement construction - Ecohome Guide How much insulation does a basement need - EcoHome Guide How to finish the exterior of Insulated basements and slabs - Ecohome Video Guide Why is a Slab-o...

Basement Design for walls prevents mold & midlew when renovating & finishing
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...

Roxul mineral wool batt insulation in LEED Homes
Insulation and soundproofing

Choosing the right insulation: the pros, cons and applications for walls, slabs & basements

...basements, stone wool is a much more suitable product for basement wall insulation than fiberglass. Hemp insulation: Hemp batt insulation © Nature Fibres Recycled content: Hemp is a natural and renewable material, making hemp batt insulation (and hemp boards) a very sustainable building material. As it is a...

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...

Prefab frost-protected shallow foundation insulated form kit
Slab on Grade

Raft slabs - How to build Insulated Frost Protected shallow foundations (FPSF) on problem soils

...proper sloping of drains is essential. Install raft slab insulation forms, interior floor insulation and reinforcement mesh as per engineering specifications. If you are installing in-floor radiant heating, be sure to have it designed by engineer to properly locate the heating delivery system so as not to affect ...

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...

Real estate

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

...proper venting on the edges, and vents at the roof peak as well. Note the type and depth of insulation. More on roof insulation here. Does it pass the smell test? No, really, does it? All homes will have a certain scent that is due partly to the habits of previous owners, but also the mechanical systems, building m...

Why basements flood and how to prevent that with a sump pump
Basements improvements

Why Basements Flood & How to Prevent Flooded Basements

...basements is very common and most times can be easily avoided. Why basements flood in the first place is pretty easy to answer – it’s a hole in the ground and the ground is wet! Basements are sometimes below the water table to begin with, but water tables rise during the spring snow melt, and without proper basement dr...

Frost in Attics: What causes Attic Ice? How to Fix it?
Roof assemblies - renovation

Why is there frost in my attic? Is ice in roofs a problem & How do I stop it?

...properly ventilated. Check the attic to make sure that insulation isn't jammed down on the edges and blocking soffit vents . Proper ventilation - proper air flow - in a roof keeps it in good dry and sound condition, so make sure there are air baffles on the roof deck so that air can pass through from the soffit, and a ...

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 ...