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Green Building Bible, Fourth Edition
Green Building Bible, fourth edition (both books)
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    • CommentAuthorTriassic
    • CommentTimeNov 5th 2014 edited
    I'm looking at the various basement construction methods and someone on here mentioned the use of Stepoc blocks, these are dry stack concrete blocks which are then filled with concrete. I've looked at the web site http://www.andertonconcrete.co.uk/websitecontent/stepoc.aspx but it's a little light on details.

    So if you have used them, what is the typical wall cross section, where did you put your insulation (type) and how did you waterproof the basement wall?
    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeNov 5th 2014
    Systems like will leak water in if they get the chance
    • CommentAuthorTriassic
    • CommentTimeNov 5th 2014 edited
    The hollow core is filled with concrete, similar to ICF.
    Is it for self build?

    These blocks are standard over here in France, we use them all the time, so I could probably tell you anything you need to know.
    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeNov 6th 2014
    How durable are the finishes that are used once they are built?
    • CommentAuthorTriassic
    • CommentTimeNov 6th 2014
    Posted By: tonyHow durable are the finishes that are used once they are built?
    I'd assume as durable as ICF ! Probably!
    The finishes are durable, as with everything the long term durability will depend on how well executed the work is and the detailing around the work. strip foundations, drainage behind the wall, quality of the concrete pour, etc etc
    • CommentAuthorTriassic
    • CommentTimeNov 10th 2014 edited
    I found this research into basement waterproofing, some here may find it interesting

    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeNov 10th 2014
    Interesting academic simulation, all bound to leak, ideally basements do not need be holding back ground water pressure, don't build them if this is the case and if you are that insane fit a sump with a pump!

    My basement will never be wet or damp apart from plumbing problems but it has no dpm, no tanking.
    • CommentAuthorringi
    • CommentTimeNov 11th 2014
    Or use Waterproof Concrete with very good quality control, see http://www.basementexpert.co.uk for lots of helpful pointers.
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