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In a cold climate, combining rigid foam insulation with a well-compacted, free-draining substrate is the key to avoiding heaving damage to a slab foundation.
Correctly placed perimeter insulation eliminates the need for a deep frost footing. A Midwest builder explains this CABO-approved method for building foundations and slabs-on-grade.
Thick energy-efficient walls call for special treatment of window jambs and trim. Whether the finish is stucco, drywall, or wood, these three builders have developed details that work.
Cathedral ceilings can cause insulation and ventilation headaches, and an occasional indoor rainstorm. A builder who’s tested several options describes workable solutions.
An energy-conscious Iowa contractor tells how his switch to frost-protected shallow footings cut his foundation costs while maintaining quality and energy savings.