Your Dream Home’s Bones – A Home Is Healthy Because Of What It Doesn’t Have.

 

Healthy Home, Happy Family.

It’s been said that we spend over 90% of our time indoors so it’s important we spend that time in a healthy indoor environment. For people looking to build their new
home, then, what steps should you take to make sure your new home is a healthy
one?

Let’s start with what a healthy home is.

A healthy home is pretty much defined by what it doesn’t have. Here are the key irritants that a healthy home does not have:

  • Mold. There are over 100,000 types of mold. Mold causes eye, nasal and lung
    irritation. More severe reactions can be severe fever, shortness of breath and
    even full blown lung infections. There is even some suspicion that mold
    exposure at a young age can lead to the development of asthma later in life.
  • Dust and dust mites that trigger allergies causing sneezing and runny and irritated
    eyes and noses.
  • Formaldehyde off-gassing which is a known carcinogen

Here are some practical steps to take to ensure you build a home that is healthy over
the long term:

Moisture causes mold so reduce or eliminate the presence of moisture infiltrating into
your home. This means you want a good effective roof system, proper rainscreen protection, a waterproof basement and very little direct contact with ground moisture.

Keep your Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) high. Dust mites and mold grow in warm, humid
environments. This means maintain an temperature under at or under 70. And keep
the humidity level under 60%. Build an airtight home (Less than 3 Air Changes
Per Hour @ 50 Pascals) and install an air exchanger that ideally uses a Hepa filter (filters out particles as small as 0.3 microns).

Install a radiant floor heating system instead of a forced air ducted system which will collect and re-circulate dust and dust mites.

Use Formaldyehyde-free insulation in your home.

And finally, just a reminder that Logix can help you build a very healthy home. Logix-built walls can be fully waterproofed, do not contain formaldehyde, do not support mold growth and are used to build airtight homes.

 

 

Your Dream Home’s Bones – Why Only Be “Dampproof” When You Can Choose To Be Waterproof?

Dampproofing

Did you think that most basements are waterproof? Because that’s not true – most basements built today are only dampproofed.

So what is the difference and why should you care?

Basically, dampproofing is intended to keep out soil moisture while waterproofing keeps
out both moisture and liquid water.

Dampproofing is a coating, usually asphalt-based, that is either sprayed on or hand applied to the outside of the wall. The drawbacks include an inability to seal larger cracks or holes left by form ties and the potential for damage by coarse or
careless backfill. And dampproofing will not likely withstand any sudden
increase in water pressure against the basement wall and a messy and damaging basement flood will be the likely result.

Waterproofing a foundation requires a more exacting in the treatment of the wall. Obviously, if there is any doubt about whether or not dampproofing will do the job, it’s best to spend the extra time and money to waterproof, particularly for finished basement living space.

Logix Waterproofing > Dampproofing

Of course the depth of the foundation wall and the use of the interior space will also determine the choice of methods. A 36-inch frost wall for an unheated crawlspace built on well-drained soil and employing a gravity drain is a good candidate for damp-proofing. The house next door with a 10-foot-high foundation wall and a finished basement might opt for a fully waterproofed foundation wall system.

Logix XtraComfortTM Basements are always waterproofed and Logix home owners are often impressed with how their Logix basement “feels like another main level of the home”.

For even more moisture protection you can install Logix D-Rv (click the second most recent press release to learn about the Logix D-Rv) into your Logix basement walls for a back up interior drainage layer and additional insulation.

The new Logix D-Rv!

Strong bones. You can’t see them, but you always feel them. For life.

 

Your Dream Home’s Bones – Be Smart. Choose A Steel Reinforced Basement!

This week we are talking about the “strong bones” of a Steel Reinforced Basement.

Most basements are built with regular concrete walls, usually about 8’ high and
usually about 8” thick. And they are usually built WITHOUT steel reinforcing
(“rebar”).

Vertical and Horizontal Rebar Placed in a Logix Form

Residential-use rebar is a round steel rod that is cut to desired lengths. Residential grade is about 1/2” in diameter with a “deformed” or rough surface that will bond
well with concrete. Rows of rebar cast in the wall and placed vertically increases the strength of the wall and rows of rebar placed horizontally reduces the amount the concrete wall will crack over time as the concrete ages.

How much does rebar cost? It depends where you are but let’s say about $0.40 per foot. A typical 30’x40’ basement might take about 700 feet of rebar and so that would
mean a total material cost of about $300 for a rebar reinforced basement.

So over the lifetime of the home, that $300 of rebar in the basement walls will mean less wall movement, more structural stability, less cracking, less damage to finishes and less moisture coming in through the cracks.

That might well be the cheapest, most cost effective lifetime insurance you can buy for
$300. As one builder said to me, “I would consider any homeowner who makes a conscious decision NOT to use rebar in the basement, an idiot.”

Logix ICF makes it easy to place rebar. Every Logix form contains “chairs” where
horizontal rebar can quickly and easily snap into and Logix provides complimentary engineering guidelines that specify the right amount of rebar to use.

Strong bones. You can’t see them, but you always feel them. For life.