Passive House basement / Discussions

What flooring options work with a passive solar design?

...Passive House and LEED ready prefab homes here , a few of which are oriented for passive solar heat gain, so maybe something there will meet your needs. Here ar...

Posted by Christopher Dunn Feb. 23, 2020, 11:50 a.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

What are the factors I should consider for choosing between a slab on grade and 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

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

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 3 Responses

How does a Passive House handle floods?

...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

How do you lower high radon levels in a basement?

...house to sell, I already have contract. we stayed 13 years in that home with full finished basement. In Radon test result is 7.5pCi/L . What should we do and ho...

Posted by Uma Parekh May 22, 2020, 11:54 a.m. Healthy indoor air quality 1 Responses

Do I need ceiling fans if I have an HRV?

I have high ceilings and I will be adding an addition this summer with normal height ceilings and a new stairwell to the basement. Should I arrange for a ceili...

Posted by S McIntyre April 2, 2019, 10:01 p.m. Ventilation 1 Responses

Should I build a basement or slab on grade?

...house? 50% off for sure makes it more appealing! Energy modelling showed that about half of the heat load of the Edelweiss House is met with passive solar heati...

Posted by robert baker March 27, 2020, 6:54 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 9 Responses

Where do I start to build a small, affordable, low-maintenance house?

...house, here are a few links to check out: How to Build Tiny Houses on Wheels for Cold Climates Are Tiny Houses Good for the Environment? If you are lo...

Posted by Ocean-Lynn Georgelin Oct. 22, 2019, 11:40 p.m. Concept and design 2 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

Is a vapor barrier necessary under a concrete slab with foam insulation and if so, where does 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 Grady 22 Aug. 17, 2019, 12:19 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 3 Responses

Can a solar thermal air system be coupled to an HRV for heating 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

How well do Legalett slab on grades work?

...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

What are the most cost-effective green building strategies in new home construction?

...Passive House Certification, etc. I'm by no means an expert but I have some knowledge that would make me wiser when choosing architects and contractors. I don't...

Posted by M T Nov. 4, 2019, 11:07 a.m. Concept and design 3 Responses

What is the best way to stop thermal bridging between my ICF walls and my footing?

...Passive House Certified Thermalwall insulation panels designed to improve the R value and efficiency of ICF walls. Another weak spot is the door thresholds, so ...

Posted by Walter van den Broek Sept. 18, 2020, 11:23 a.m. Foundation choices 1 Responses

How do you fix radon and water infiltration in a dry stone foundation?

...passive radon stack, then cover it all with a membrane. Read more here about removing radon gas from crawlspaces and basements . The problem is then that you ...

Posted by john flannery July 14, 2020, 4:24 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 5 Responses

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

...basement , and to build the slab yourself if you can. It will likely be cheaper than a (properly built*) full basement foundation, and a polished concrete floor...

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

Does slab on grade need to have in floor heating?

...house and debating on slab on grade vs crawl space. It will be a 4 season house/camp that we will live in for a few years while we build our house next door. Ow...

Posted by Lauren Panzani Nov. 13, 2020, 11:06 a.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 1 Responses