Residential Walls and Foundations: Improving the Thermal Envelope

This guide compares Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs) with other forms used in above grade (walls) and below grade applications (foundations). Key factors in selecting the best system for your home are identified.

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Understand the True Cost of Building with Insulated Concrete Forms

As building codes demand homes with tighter building envelopes and continuous insulation, home builders and consumers are looking for building strategies that deliver that performance without paying a premium. That’s why homes built with ICFs are becoming a popular choice in many climates.

Type: White Paper

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Effects of the Thermal Envelope on Home Energy Efficiency

What's a thermal envelope? The thermal envelope is, according to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, everything about the house that serves to shield the living space from the outdoors. This white paper explores some of the building science behind creating an excellent thermal envelope for your home.

Type: White Paper

Sponsor: Fox Blocks


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Foundation insulation strategies reduce moisture movement and energy loss

Home insulation strategies should include protecting below-grade walls and foundations from potential moisture damage and energy loss.

Continuous wall insulation fights off moisture and energy loss

By including continuous exterior insulation in a wall assembly, builders can deliver a better performing home.

Test homes reveal the secrets of high performance construction

12 test homes are revealing some of the secrets behind the best wall systems.

Wall assembly designed to boost insulation using traditional techniques

The Extended Plate and Beam design features innovative framing techniques, exterior rigid foam and weatherization products.

New lath solves water management problems in wall systems

Managing moisture on exterior walls is always a challenge, but there's a new solution for stone, stucco and brick veneers.

IBS: Sheathing tackles seismic and building envelope codes

Quake Zone sheathing from Norbord is designed to help builders meet seismic building codes with faster construction time and less waste.

IBS Video: Sheathing design supports raised heel truss framing

Raised heel trusses, sometimes called Energy Trusses, are a great way to add insulation to the attic of a home.

New wall assembly cuts building costs and boosts energy efficiency

As building codes come to emphasize insulation and air sealing, home builders are looking for affordable wall systems.

5 green building materials for your home

You can limit a home’s environmental impact by using green building materials, which helps to reduce the home’s carbon footprint.

Use a layered approach to waterproofing block foundations

For many years, it was thought a simple layer of spray-on or roll-on membrane was enough to make a masonry block foundation waterproof. We've learned over the years that that's simply not the case.

People love basements until they have to live with one

I've heard many people say, if you have a basement it's not a matter of if it will flood, but only when.

Build a basement wall that will last

Strong buildings start with strong foundations. And a foundation compromised by water leads to a weak building and dissatisfied customers.

How to avoid callbacks for basement waterproofing

One of the most frequent – and hardest to deal with – source of callbacks is moisture in the basement or crawl space. By minimizing moisture content you reduce the possibility of mold as well as damage to finishes and furnishings.

3 things architects need to know about foundation waterproofing

When architects don't specify products, builders will use their favorite products and sub contractors to get the job done. For some aspects of the building, that's just fine. For other critical aspects it could lead to failures and client dissatisfaction.

Win the battle for a dry basement

Unfortunately, below-grade waterproofing is all too often a case of out of sight, out of mind. It's not something homeowners, or even building professionals spend much time thinking about. But a wet basement can lead to a whole host of problems.

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