The best basement wall design / Guides

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

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

...the thermal bridge and raises the temperature of the stud wall, which helps prevent moist air from condensing. The stud wall allows for the installation of wiri...

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

Basement renovations: How to prevent mold when finishing basements

...the difference between the studs against the foundation and the studs that formed an interior division wall; the vapour barrier did not protect the exterior wal...

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

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction

...thermal bridging issues at the tops of walls, as well as the junction between footings and foundation walls. As there is little consensus on basement design a...

Balanced insulation levels in a green home
Efficient home design

Insulation in Green Home Building, a balanced approach to putting it where it does the most good

...they give you the most comfort and the best return on investment. If you're building new and have enlisted the help of a designer or architect, ask how they arr...

Basement wall insulation
Insulation and soundproofing

Properly insulating basements and concrete slab floors

...the exterior of the wall to prevent thermal bridging. Building code requirements for foundation walls vary across the US and Canada, and range between R19 and...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...they have " The Perfect Wall " there isn't one right answer, because honestly the perfect wall system for your home is the one that suits the conditions best in...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...the other, or more suceptible to frost heave than the other, if it is properly insulated around the perimeter. In the case of a 'walk-out basement' you effect...

Passive home designer Harold Orr, one of the original high performance homes
Passive solar home design

The principal designer of the house that inspired the global Passivhaus movement reflects on the project that started it all.

...walls. So the wall becomes expensive very quickly. Third you can insulate the wall, install the air / vapour barrier, then strap the wall on the inside with 2...

Passively-heated off-grid LEED house in Low, Quebec
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog: a firsthand account of building and living in a remote area

...ther these walls are a nominal R-47. For the below grade walls, which are about 5-6' tall around two sides of the walkout basement, the final assembly is a si...

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?

...design who was tipped off to the problem by water droplets forming on the interior of the kitchen cupboards. The problem was that the wall in the back of the cu...

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

Resilient design features for new home construction

...these three conclusions to Rob Dumont, one of the designers of the Saskatchewan Conservation House built in the 1970s that inspired the original German Passivha...