Building Energy-Efficient Homes Starts Below Grade

Basements can account for 20% of a home’s total heat loss. And while there are countless steps you can take to build an energy-efficient home, starting below grade, from the ground up, is the best approach.

Co-founder and President of Construction Instruction Mark LaLiberte, in partnership with the Energy & Environmental Building Alliance (EEBA), covers the requirements needed to build efficient below-grade spaces that will meet steadily increasing energy-efficiency building codes in the U.S. and Canada.

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Webinar Summary

Most basements are more or less concrete walls surrounded by dirt. Dirt can fluctuate in temperature, becoming wet and humid or frozen solid. These changes within the ground can affect the comfort of a basement and the health of homeowners.


Choosing the right products and employing proper installation techniques can ensure a basement stays dry and protected for years to come. Good product choices also drive energy efficiency of the home, which is good not just for the environment, but also for homeowners.

Basements and crawl spaces need to be well protected with durable below-grade products that help keep heat and energy from escaping, while keeping moisture away.

In this on-demand webinar, you will learn about:

  • How to build an energy-efficient home, starting from the basement foundation
  • Understanding types of basement foundations
  • Determining when to select interior or exterior basement insulation
  • Overcoming challenges of preventing air leakage
  • Formulating a systematic approach to wall waterproofing


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About Mark LaLiberte, Construction Instruction Inc.

Mark LaLiberte, a founding partner and President of Construction Instruction, devotes his time to educating the building industry on the benefits of constructing durable, energy-efficient, and healthier homes through lectures, video series, and publications.
Mark speaks nationwide to over 8,000 people annually, offering consulting and training sessions for building professionals, architects, and major manufacturers. By performing on-site visits of builders’ homes, he is able to identify risks and opportunities for contractors from an independent perspective.