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When you want water to drain out of a house

...Passive Houses may do fine, others may be severely damaged. You could get a home Passive House certified (PH) with a basement that has poor drainage and no sump...

Posted by Wendy Tsao May 7, 2018, 12:46 p.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

Can you elevate a slab on grade foundation?

...Passive House performance with you home then you may want to look into such a kit, below is an image of a Passive House slab under construction with 14 inches o...

Posted by Raoul Lions July 27, 2019, 2:47 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

What is the best option for building our next resilient home?

...house? Of course, we are interested in health/comfort, lower energy cost and longevity during the ownership of the house. Basement space is a nice to have but n...

Posted by John Bae Aug. 27, 2019, 3:55 p.m. Efficient home design 1 Responses

Where would I go for guidance on structural design of footings that sit on top of high-density insulation?

...Passive House related, structural questions about foundations are out of our competence range which is why on the home we're currently building on poor expansiv...

Posted by Douglas Bennion July 31, 2019, 4:34 p.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

Considering a slab on grade vs a basement

...passive house standards, although not interested in certifying it. We are trying to decide between having a basement vs. a slab. The house will be around 3000 f...

Posted by Shaun B April 2, 2019, 6:35 a.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

Why do you say building on a slab is more ecological than starting with a basement?

...house built on an insulated slab floor was much more ecological and more affordable than a basement. How does he arrive at this conclusion? Basement or not, you...

Posted by Anonymous Dec. 11, 2017, 11:45 a.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

Current info and references for Legalett Air Heated Shallow Foundation system

...house if it were on a crawl space or basement? What I mean here relates to the part above the foundation; i.e. the main house and garage construction. 8) Are ...

Posted by Steve Sykes Aug. 18, 2019, 3:21 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

How do you design and build a home on a very small budget?

...basement, and to build the slab yourself if you can. It’s far cheaper than a full basement foundation, and a polished concrete floor is about as cheap a finishe...

Posted by Paul Squire Nov. 8, 2018, 8:25 p.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

Is a vapor barrier necessary under a concrete slab with foam insulation and if so, where does the plastic vapor barrier go??

...Passive House will have higher standards than building code and will require that you add a slab vapor barrier, and to achieve LEED for Homes Certification a Ra...

Posted by Les Poldark Aug. 17, 2019, 12:19 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 3 Responses

Could solar thermal air system be coupled to existing HRV for heating the incoming fresh air?

...basement concrete floor for future infloor heating (no system on the tubes yet). Existing heat is electric baseboard and a wood stove centrally located in basem...

Posted by Brian Billings March 21, 2019, 2:53 p.m. Solar thermal collectors 1 Responses
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