29 Sep '11, 1am

Green Building Q&A: Dirt crawl space confusion and mixed advice

We live in a 150-year old schoolhouse - brick over plank walls - Walls and attic insulated well. STone and mortar foundation ~ four ' deep two' thick with large beams on top supporting building. Dirt crawl space that's 2' - 5' deep (depending on how much it was dug it out for water heater, furnace, etc. ) Very dry all year... furnace ductwork and plumbing fine.... one heat duct to keep space warmish. No insulation. A vent at either end through foundation - open in summer; sealed in winter. We are in central Ontario so quite cold in winter but building seems easy to heat and floors not cold. So we have just "left it alone" - some plastic down on crawlspace floor to keep worst of dirt off when doing plumbing etc maintenance. Not a place I spend a lot of time in! So if no big problems, seems to me sealing the CS, trying to figure out to insulate above and walls etc will just ...

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