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.

Foundation waterproofing system battles basement water problems

For most homes with a basement or foundation, it's not a matter of if it will leak, but only when.

MID-MOD MESS – Energy (In)Efficiency in Mid-Century Modern

Mid 20th-century modern homes have some of the coolest design out there but they are a train wreck in terms of energy efficiency.

Active building products help manage indoor air quality

New active building materials can help make homes safer and more comfortable by directly affecting the environment.

Secrets behind the walls of 3 high performance green homes

It's easy being green; after all, there are many ways to design and build a high performance green home.

Engineered shake & shingle siding delivers the look of cedar without the upkeep

Everyone loves the natural beauty, warmth, and charm of real cedar siding on homes, but they don’t love the constant upkeep.

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New spray foam insulation adds recycled content for LEED points

Demilec debuted Heatlok XT, which contains more than 20 percent renewable and recycled content.

Classic-style faculty residence earns LEED Platinum, other green certifications

The Taft School residence in Watertown, Conn., was the first in the state to achieve the USGBC LEED BD+C for Homes Platinum certification using the new and more stringent version 4 rating criteria.

USDA grants to support wood multistory building projects

Innovative new technologies and building systems have enabled longer wood spans, taller walls, and higher buildings, and continue to expand the possibilities for wood use in construction.

Smart sensor spots water leaks quickly (video)

Unfortunately, all too often you discover a leaking sink, water heater or washing machine only after it's caused a lot of damage to your home.

SIPs pass tests for sound transmission and fire resistance

Structural insulated panels are known for providing a tight building envelope, and now one company's products also meet tough sound and fire resistance standards.

New wall system cuts lumber content and boosts performance

Builders can shift costs in a building design to where it delivers the most performance with a new wall system from BASF.

You'll never guess where this green home is being built

Here's a new take on a green home – the green is from the football field of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Marvin Windows honors Architects Challenge winners

Marvin Windows and Doors has announced the winners of its seventh annual Architects Challenge, the first year the company has honored projects in various segments.

5 things you didn't know about insulated concrete form construction

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.

Insulated sheathing helps seal building envelope

Composite insulated sheathing stops water and airflow in new or retrofitted homes and apartments.

Home products honored for innovations in high performance building

At the 2015 PCBC, the largest homebuilding trade show representing the west coast region 18 products were named to the Parade of Products Awards.

Cladding system creates air barrier for better energy efficiency

A new cladding panel installation system does more than hold panels – it also helps improve building performance.

Green building project uses humidity data loggers to train students

Students in a residential energy technology program are using temperature/humidity loggers to scientifically track green building practices.

Create a dramatic transition from indoors to outdoors

Sacrificing home aesthetics for storm safety is a thing of the past.

Composite SIPs provide air sealing and continuous insulation

Composite structural insulated panels uses a polymer skin bonded to rigid polyurethane foam for an airtight, continuously insulated wall system.

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