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Basement Design for walls prevents mold & midlew when renovating & finishing
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 wall from damage and mold growth. It caused the damage by prevented the wall from drying to the interior and instead sealed the moisture in. As one of the foremo...

How to insulate basements properly
Insulation and soundproofing

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction

...they are intended to be finished living space. It can also more easily address 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 and materials used or the optimum level thermal performance, we fully expect there...

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

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

...wall assembly for a basement application - read on! Rigid insulation board against concrete adds R value, breaks 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 wiring, additional insulation and drywall. Dryw...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...the most durable wall? What is the most energy efficient wall? What is the most soundproof wall? What is the most affordable wall? That is just a short list of things to consider, and despite many people online saying they have " The Perfect Wall " there isn't one right answer, because honestly the perfect wall...

Basement wall insulation
Insulation and soundproofing

Properly insulating basements and concrete slab floors

...the interest of saving energy, and money in the longterm. When 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 guide section you will find the basics on foundation , basement & slab design , under slab insulat...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...their disadvantages, basements are often very practical since they provide a significant amount of storage space. Without a basement, everything that would have been down there must fit into the rest of the house or in the garage or shed. Basements usually house mechanical rooms. Keep this in mind during the design p...

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

...wall is great, but if you blew the budget on insulation and had to put in low-quality windows, they become the weak link in the chain and you can effectively undo all your own efforts to reduce heat loss. So in the case of a super-insulated wall with cheap windows, the loss of thermal performance of that entire wall ...

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?

...the top plate of the wall. This can lead to condensation forming at the interior top edge of exterior walls. I once had a client with that very 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 cupboards was co...

How to Build With Less Wood for Best Performance
Wood and organic materials

How to build high performance homes with less lumber

...the pages below and in the Ecohome Green Building Guide pages . How to design a home for thermal comfort and energy efficiency The best lumber choices for timber frame construction homes Are high efficiency homes worth the extra cost? What are the best walls? Building science made easy - video ...

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

...the ability of heat to pass out from under the house through the soil during the cold winter. Inside of the 2" of foam, there is a waterproof membrane stuck to the 8" thick poured concrete wall. Inside of the concrete wall is another layer of 4" EPS foam, with the polyethylene barrier to the inside. The final layer is ...

Insulating crawlspaces as part of home renovation
Crawl spaces

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

...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 © Bala Structures The foam needs to then be covered with drywall as fire protection, which can be attached to the stud wall. No vapour barrier is require...