Spray foam in basements / Guides

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

Basement renovations: How to prevent mold when finishing basements

...ing indoor moisture and the hidden moisture within basement wall assemblies will control the growth of indoor mold. According to the EPA , indoor relative humidity (RH) in homes should be kept below 60 percent - ideally between 30 percent and 50 percent, In addition to preventing mold forming, maintaining the correct...

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

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

...inches will reduce heat loss and save you money in the long run. Have insulation blown onto rim joists if it isn't already done. Foam must be covered by drywall for fire protection. Don't install an additional vapour barrier behind drywall ; latex paint will act in this capacity. Spray foam or SPUF being in...

Roxul mineral wool batt insulation in LEED Homes
Insulation and soundproofing

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

...in certain applications, such as remedial wall insulation, EPS foam insulation needs to "come out of the shadows" of being lumped in with Styrofoam as it makes absolutely the best sense per $ and environmentally for continuous and resistant insulation in buildings. Extruded Polystyrene Foam (XPS) Extruded r...

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

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction

...interior insulation, exterior insulation, or ideally, a combination of both. These assemblies have been designed to prevent moisture 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 insula...

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

Removing radon gas from basements and crawlspaces

...in your home, avoiding breathing it as much as possible is a sensible precaution. If you have mold down in your crawlspace or basement too, wear a mask and take this into account in specifying your radon mitigation solution. Preventing mold when finishing a basement is possible, read here to find out how. Radon in Cr...

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

Non-toxic natural building insulation made of grass

...ing insulation materials , f ind pages about sustainable and healthy green building techniques here : Where to find hemp batt insulation in Canada and the U.S. Choosing the right insulation for walls, roofs, slabs & basements How to maintain healthy indoor air quality in homes How to find formal...

Ecohome's Kenogami House 'The Most Resilient Home in North America'
Concept and design

Resilient design features for new home construction

...ing. Exterior insulation will better protect against foundation cracking and interior moisture damage by eliminating the freeze/thaw cycle that a foundation wall insulated from the inside will experience. Discover how to insulate and build better basements here . Install a sump pump; including a battery backup is a...

Insulating crawlspaces as part of home renovation
Crawl spaces

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

...inch away from the concrete wall; sitting it on small chunks of foam will keep it from being in contact with the ground and absorbing moisture. Spray foam is then applied to the walls behind the studs and into the cavities, you can leave enough room to do any wiring if required. Spray foam insulating basement walls...