Can't access the site. Anyway, I am not much of a basement fan these
days since I have been doing a lot of pumping lately---and I'm one of
the lucky ones with really good soil drainage. No real damage (fingers
crossed for the power to stay on), but not pleasant.
I have to admit that I *am* a booster for this particular slab
technique. If you have a well insulated house, the effect is to tie
the temperature to the temperature of the earth 4-6 feet down,
depending on the perimeter insulation. That would be 55 F where you
are, I suspect.
I should have mentioned that in this case, the basement would be fully
above ground. The basement is essentially the first story of a 2-story
house. This is strictly a cost-cutting measure . . . no slab needed,
no expensive wood siding, no SIPs walls on 1st story (painted concrete
I wanted to do a 1-story floor plan, slab foundation, but as I'm sure
you know, it's a lot cheaper to build up.
Here's the local site (strange, the other one worked fine for me):
Here's the specific product:
They start at R12.5 with the option to add more insulation to increase
Ok, I accessed it. You will still need a footing and a floor of some
kind, so I don't see what the savings is.
However, I did look at the NC building code, and my kind of perimeter-
insulated foundation requires strong termite prophylaxis. I'm not sure
what that costs or how effective it is in your climate---which may
soon be mine, I'm afraid.
Meanwhile, the rain continues. Funny how we get these unprecedented
storms when the energy in the climate system is decreasing (according
to the deniatarians.)
Meanwhile, the rain continues---
The address <http://www.superiorwalls.com/ works for me, but I am not
suggesting they are the best source for such information.
At work I am doing a large project regarding energy efficient building
and later I can send some links to other approaches, in particular
pre-made plywood and foam walls.
Ah, yes. NC is a beautiful part of the USA, and you don't need the
measures we in Minnesota do. The freeze goes down as much as four feet
in my area, and further down farther North.
This afternoon I am going to the friend's home that uses circulating
heated water in the concrete floor. I will try to get a snapshot that
shows how most of the basement is in a berm. The circulating system I
refer to is not the same as tg mentioned - it uses a tiny natural-gas
furnace to supply the heat to the anti-freeze - it is not an earth type
It's a charming one-bedroom house but the studio workspace could be
subdivided into three more bedrooms, and the pool on the main floor
could be converted to a greenhouse.
Clearly the green thing to do is to forcibly relocate
those folks living too far north to somewhere warm
enough that they can live in open straw huts, naked
and classless on the sunny beach of retirementland.
What we need is a government forceful enough to
force these green decisions down our collective
throat. And don't forget to ask about our One Child
1) How greenish the existing house is.
2) How green is it to manufacture green shit.
3) Disposal of old house.
4) Complete refabricaion of new.
5) energy requirements of new house in terms of location, climate etc.
6) how long is a piece of string?
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