Basement wall insulation dilemma
So our “Final Home” is moving right along here in Asheville, NC, and we’ve incorporated numerous ideas and tips from GBA into the design.
The good news is that the framers moved much faster than anticipated. The bad news is that they framed out the inside perimeter basement walls, which they weren’t supposed to do.
Our plan – and the way the house was quoted – was for the inside perimeter basement walls to be left as bare poured concrete. Then, we were going to install foil faced foam panels against the poured concrete wall, thoroughly air seal those sheets to each other and to the concrete wall, and THEN stud out the inside perimeter walls, add rock wool insulation, and cover everything with paperless drywall.
We cannot add insulation to the outside of the poured walls, as they will be covered with a rain screen and 3 part stucco in the same plane as the upper floor. So, we need input on the best way to insulate/moisture seal the already studded basement walls – from the inside.
The “cut and cobble” approach doesn’t sound viable based on everyone’s experiences. Closed cell foam is a possibility, but is expensive and environmentally unfriendly. We met with the insulation contractor today, and he recommended fiberglass batts??? I even suggested tearing out the stud walls and doing the job the way we originally planned. Are we making too big a deal out of this?
Any and all advice is appreciated. Thanks in advance!
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