Properly insulating basements / 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) , it was generally estimated that basement heat loss accounted for about 1/3 of the total heat loss of a house. It is likely that such an abysmal starting place ma...

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

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction

...basements . CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE Exterior insulation only: fiber cement board and parging above grade 4 inches EPS drainage matt bituminous damp proofing. Best practices for new basement construction: Ideal performance and durability is achieved by insulating both the inter...

Finished basements can lead to mold and mildew
Healthy indoor air quality

Why are basements moldy? How to fix or Prevent a Moldy Basement

...insulating basements listed below that work well in the battle against moldy basements. EPS (Expanded Polystyrene), XPS (Extruded Polystyrene), Mineral wool: SPUF is quite expensive; so rigid insulation panels and a 2x4 wall with batt insulation can be a much more affordable option - but you need to know the right ...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...Basements can also be susceptible to Radon gas infiltration , so to learn how to prevent Radon gas levels being high in homes, see here - or to specifically find out how to remove Radon gas form basements and crawl spaces, see here . Health, durability and comfort: Despite how common finished basements are, there i...

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

Basement renovations: How to prevent mold when finishing basements

...insulating basements listed below that work well in the battle against moldy basements. EPS (Expanded Polystyrene), XPS (Extruded Polystyrene), Mineral wool: SPUF is quite expensive; so rigid insulation panels and a 2x4 wall with batt insulation can be a much more affordable option - but you need to know the right ...

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...

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?

...insulating from the exterior when renovating an old home © Ecohome Cinderblock, stone or cracked concrete foundation renovations: Before renovating or insulating, determine first that foundations can safely continue to support a structure long into the future . A foundation that isn’t badly deteriorated can be up...

Crawlspace radon barrier installation for radon mitigation
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Removing radon gas from basements and crawlspaces

...insulating crawlspaces and stopping radon ingress is eco-friendly sprayfoam applied on the ground and walls; for more details see how to insulate a crawlspace properly page here . To install a radon evacuation stack along with spray foam, there must be some medium in which the air and radon can move around below the fo...

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 were built with inadequate insulation, see here to find out how to improve it if so, or see here for more information on insulating crawlspaces . To learn how to prevent mold in basements, see here – or how to prevent humidity and radon gas in crawlspaces see here . To learn how to build a home on a slab-on-g...

Free Energy Audits, Net Zero Home Grants & Interest Free Home Renovation Loans
Grants and incentives

0% loans & Grants for Green Home Renovations & Construction - A Boost for Canadians in 2020

...properly. How to finish a basement wall And probably the worst mistakes in building we ever see, and which still happens in new construction as well as renovations, is basements being built wrong. Like....REALLY wrong! Before you allow a contractor to do basement renovations in a way that only makes sense if you ar...

Natural Building Insulation Made of Grass - Eco-friendly, Green
Insulation and soundproofing

Non-toxic natural building insulation made of grass

...insulating value of R 3.5 per inch; treated for fire resistance, in the event of a fire it does not emit toxic fumes; mold resistant; dimensionally stable; 2.4 acres of land can produce 200 cubic meters of insulation. The downsides of 'natural' insulation Innovative green building products usually start o...