Earth Sheltered Building Waterproofing & Insulating

Waterproofing and insulating your new earth-sheltered concrete home is critical to ensuring that it is warm, dry, and comfortable for years to come. Trust our guaranteed waterproofing system to protect your home.

Basic Structure

Sealing up your earth sheltered home is generally considered the most important part of the construction process.

AES provides a waterproofing package that consists of multiple layers and will guarantee against leaks for 10 years. This package price can vary depending on the size of the home and location.

Here at AES we have nine steps of waterproofing and insulating your home. We apply a method similar to John Hait. This approach consists of extending the insulation horizontally and using a couple inches of rigid insulation like EPS and XPS to form an underground thermal umbrella that separates the home and soil from the above ground air temperatures. We use this method because it has been found to reduce the amount of water in the soil. This is important because it reduces lateral pressure on the cement can cause other damage.

Waterproofing & Insulating

What makes us stand out? We build our structures to be safe, dry, and energy-efficient. We include waterproofing with a 10-year warranty and below grade roof insulation at the base of the home to help with efficiency.

We INCLUDE this very critical service in our projects, which is essential to maintaining the integrity and economic value of your home or earth sheltered building.

Step 1

Apply below grade waterproofing member directly to concrete.

Step 2

Add bentonite clay around the penetrations and apply bentonite mat over the below grade flat surfaces.

Step 3

Begin backfilling dirt with your hired excavator.

Step 4

Begin the umbrella insulation process which consists of four to six inches of below grade insulation.

Step 5

Apply EPDM rubber liner and all necessary sealing of penetrations.

Step 6

Apply a layer of sand or geotech fabric provided by homeowner.

Step 7

Excavator hired by homeowner will proceed to complete final grade to make ready for grass or other landscaping.