Starting to look like a pool outside our window with all the melting snow, so we were glad to see the molds for footings completed today. This means we are nearing cement pouring time. Why talk so much about the basement and the details behind it all?? When you’re building an energy efficient house, the insulation levels must be in harmony with each other. It doesn’t make sense to equip in heavy insulation for the above ground walls and the roofing if you aren’t going to insulate the floor to the basement walls and under the slab. The performance of critical workings—thermal insulation, windows, and doors should work as a group, not independently. The next few weeks we will spend lots of time in the core of the house as we move our way up to the first level.