Renovating basements / Guides

Basement wall insulation
Insulation and soundproofing

Properly insulating basements and concrete slab floors

...renovating or building a new home in the US or Canada with a Basement or a Slab on Grade , in the EcoHome best practice for building Foundations & Basements gui...

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?

...renovating an old home © Ecohome Cinderblock, stone or cracked concrete foundation renovations: Before renovating or insulating, determine first that foun...

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 due to its sensitivity to moisture. Cellulose Rigid Foam Panel Insulation Cellulose rigid foam insulation is a greener choice than styrofoam...

What is a Free Home Energy Audit Canada?
Grants and incentives

Free home energy audits in Canada

...basements, seeing how it is insulated, the level of attic insulation, the quality of your windows, and a blower door test to see how much heat loss there is fro...

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

...renovating , and when then can just be repaired. A large percentage of heat loss from a home is due to air leakage , so part of your energy audit will be a bl...

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...

Concept and design

Important tips for a successful build or renovation

...renovating. It may well be that you cannot move in on the date you initially planned. Allow yourself a buffer period beyond the slated completion date so you ar...

Insulating crawlspaces as part of home renovation
Crawl spaces

How to insulate crawlspaces properly as part of renovating an older home

Crawlspace insulation - be careful to get it right A crawlspace comes with all the downsides of a basement, but it is just too low a space to be functional e...

wood ceiling in Reclaimed sunken lumber
Walls and ceilings - interior surfaces

Wood Ceilings or drywall - how to choose your ceiling material & what's the difference in cost?

...basements for example, or smaller partitioned homes without much natural light. But that impact is hardly noticeable in an open-concept room with cathedral ceil...

Installing foam panel insulation, which is best?
Insulation and soundproofing

Rigid insulation panels: which ones to use for different applications

Polyisocyanurate (PIR), Extruded Polystyrene (XPS), Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) or Styrofoam? When building or renovating a high-performance building envelope...