Radon infiltration / Guides

How to insulate basements properly
Insulation and soundproofing

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction

...infiltration over the service life of a building, along with allowing the original moisture contained in building materials to escape without causing damage. Different types of insulation are included at different points in wall assemblies. For details and characteristics of different materials, see our page on choos...

Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Removing radon gas from well water

...radon in the air usually involves a sensor that needs to be left in place for several months; or putting an electronic tester and monitoring system, water can be tested more quickly with a properly collected sample - you can find water testing kits here for radon . You may have next to no radon infiltration through the...

LEED Homes

The 19 LEED for Homes Prerequisites

...Radon-resistant construction: Homes in high-risk radon gas areas must have protection against radon infiltration. The project manager has the option to install a passive depressurization column (highly recommended) or to test for radon after construction is completed. Installing a passive radon vent at the time of ...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...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 is a general lack of understanding of ...

Slab on grade or a foundation and basement?
Foundation choices

Slab-on-grade vs foundation and crawlspace or basement

...infiltration and it’s always best to insulate the outside of your foundation rather than the inside. By doing so, you greatly reduce your risk of interior condensation and you keep the concrete walls as thermal mass to help balance temperatures. Be sure to use a foundation wrap or membrane extended over the footing...

Smart homes: Remotely control and monitor your energy consumption
Efficient home design

Smart homes: efficiency, comfort & convenience at our fingertips

...radon gas alerts, smoke, problems in systems or heaters, etc. Three types of smart thermostats we like: 1. Nest: With simple inputs based on your comfort habits, this smart thermostat learns from your behaviour and automatically adapts and programs itself in a few days. It only takes a very short time for it to l...

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

Maintaining healthy indoor air quality

...Radon gas Radon gas is a relatively unknown household danger. Of the people that have heard of it, not many realize the severity of health effects associated with it. Radon gas is released through the radioactive decay of uranium , and it is the radioactivity of it that makes it a danger to humans. Health Canada es...