Slab floor / Discussions

What is the best way to heat an off grid home?

...slab floor with frost wall I will run with the assumption that your house is not yet built otherwise you would already have a heating solution, is that correct?...

Posted by Michelle Nason Aug. 8, 2018, 1:48 p.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 1 Responses

Would you recommend Legalett over water radiant floor heat for a backyard studio in Toronto?

...slabs. Legalett Solar Air Heated Slab on Grade installation video Slab on Grade Prefabricated Insulation Form Kit Air heated floor Thickened-edge slab...

Posted by Christine Pountney May 2, 2019, 1:22 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 Responses

What is the best way to renovate a basement after a flood?

...floor for its resistance to future flooding. We had a company pour a new 2-3 inch slab on top of the existing slab over that half of the basement. The 2x4 stud ...

Posted by Wren Toombs June 18, 2018, 10:52 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

Can you do an update on Ecohome’s new demo house?

...floor slab, the heated air is diverted to an air/water heat exchanger for heating the hot water tank instead. Is the closed loop system maintained when divertin...

Posted by dean c Oct. 16, 2019, 2:04 a.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

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

...slab floor, offering a reliable very comfortable heat source. Cost savings: A slab foundation can be a cheaper way to build because a slab requires less wor...

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

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

...floor. I have several questions about the merits of each option, and would appreciate advice. 1. Cost - I know a slab is cheaper but having a basement that we...

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

What is the best way to insulate rim joists with EPS and batts?

...slab to below subfloor. I have a 2-storey brick home (35 yrs old). My basement wall construction is poured concrete foundation, then a full-home perimeter cri...

Posted by Steve J July 18, 2019, 3:53 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

What is the right amount of insulation for a house?

...slab foundation with radiant in floor heat. I saw a post with a chart showing code built, better insulated and super insulated. The chart showed monthly payment...

Posted by Ryan Gerbrandt Feb. 11, 2019, 9:57 a.m. Passive solar home design 4 Responses

What is the best way to insulate embedded joists in a basement Montreal Home?

...slab. Hence, the floor above close to the baseboard is very cold. My plan is to fully demo the basement walls and start from scratch. I've been getting mixe...

Posted by Emil Idf Jan. 7, 2020, 8:34 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

What should I look for if I want to buy a slab on grade house?

I'm looking to buy a house build on a slab-on-grade . What should I be looking for in terms of insulation? Thanks, Terry Where is the house, and do you know ho...

Posted by terry northcott March 25, 2019, 11:02 a.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

What is the optimal setup for mechanical systems for slab on grade?

...slab on grade home. I definitely want a hydronic in floor heat system, along with a heat pump. With the absence of central ductwork, where do I put the ERV? Wou...

Posted by Dave Nuttall July 6, 2019, 9:42 a.m. Mechanical systems 1 Responses

What type of wood can be installed on a radiant floor?

...slab floor. The greater the temperature differential between the floor and the ground below, the greater the rate of heat loss will be. Therefore, heating a flo...

Posted by Colleen Blak Dec. 11, 2017, 1:59 p.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses

Can you elevate a slab on grade foundation?

...slab distributes the weight evenly over the entire surface of the floor so we were able to build on the existing clay. If you are looking to get near Passive ...

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

Basement reno - How do I effectively insulate my basement?

...Slab: DMX aiflow dimple mats +(3/4" EPS, needed?) +OSB +flooring of choice Answer: First on the floor EPS – yes it is a very good idea to insulate the floor...

Posted by Steve J Feb. 13, 2019, 10:25 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 Responses

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

...slab on grade foundation for our new cabin in Montana and I've decided to sit it on a 4" EPS foam insulation so the slab will retain some passive solar heat fro...

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?

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

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

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

...slab on grade and basement – slabs are cheaper, more ‘eco-friendly, healthier and more durable. You can buy a prefab slab kit, or you can have one designed by a...

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

Does insulating a slab on grade make the building less stable?

...slab. What do you think? A Slab on Grade needs to be built correctly, but no, Insulation under a slab floor will not make it less stable. To me that sounds like...

Posted by Nicolas Jalbert May 28, 2018, 4:56 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses