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
Do I need to install a vapor barrier on top of basement concrete floor?
What to do with spray foam on a crawl space floor after a flood?
Should I put 2" foam board under, around, AND on top of concrete slab?
What are the best practices for a pier foundation on sloped bedrock?
How do you stop moisture and mold from forming behind drywall in a new basement?
Can moisture from the sand and aggregate under a slab cause rising damp?
Why is there frost build up on basement walls? (poured concrete)
Will air heated floors work in a northern climate?
Does ground under exposed concrete have a deeper or shallower frostline?
Can we backfill a basement and then do slab on grade?
What maintenance needs to be done on a slab on grade foundation?
Can you build Slab on grade as an extension on an existing house with a crawlspace?
How would you do a Slab on Grade with a post and bean garage in New Hampshire?
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.