Foundations, Basements & Slab-on-Grade
When renovating or building a new home in the US or Canada with a Basement or a Slab on Grade, in the EcoHome Foundation & Basement guide section you will find the basics on foundation, basement & slab design, under slab insulation, site selection & preparation, excavation, drainage & radon gas prevention and mitigation
Why does interior insulation cause a freeze/thaw cycle- cinder block foundation?
What type of insulation can I put on my kitchen floor that sits on dirt?
What is the best way to install 5" of XPS rigid foam on interior basement walls?
Can you jack up a cottage and build a slab on grade underneath it?
Why insulate the walls rather than the floor joists in a crawlspace?
Can you leave a Legalett slab in winter in Canada without the heat on?
What thickness of insulation and concrete do you recommend in a floating slab?
What is the best method of building a slab on grade?
Should I put gravel on a crawl space floor for drainage?
Will spray foam on basement walls prevent condensation?
Can you create a passive wine cellar by insulating and air sealing a crawl space?
Should I bother testing for radon in a gutted and uninsulated house?
Can I use a Legalett slab in Florida if I don't want floor heat?
How do you improve an old block foundation with no insulation or exterior moisture barrier?
If the foundation wall has tyvek wrap will it trap moisture?
Foundations and Basements
Building science for foundations and slab on grade options are explained, for example raft slabs as a frost-protected shallow foundation. EcoHome helps readers understand the issues that affect energy efficiency, moisture management, slab on grade forming techniques, how to choose between a crawlspace or a slab foundation and radon control and removal so you can build more efficient Green homes and better insulated crawlspaces that will last a lifetime.