Basement surface drain / Guides

Exterior damp proofing and drainage mat to protect basements from wate
Insulation and soundproofing

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction

...surface drain © Ecohome A surface drain can be a valuable added measure of protection, as seen above on the interior and exterior insulation diagram ....

Step by step guide for slab-on-grade home construction
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade construction: the ecoHOME A to Z Slab building guide

...DRAINAGE under Slab on Grade Foundations: At the bottom of the foundation drainage trench, install rigid French drain piping (weeping tile) that can drain t...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Crawl spaces

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...basement, so you get most of the cost, all the durability issues and potential hassles of a basement, PLUS a sore back and bruises on your head if you try to ma...

Insulating crawlspaces as part of home renovation
Crawl spaces

How to insulate crawlspaces properly as part of renovating an older home

...drain, which likely won't even exist in a crawlspace. You can have it set it up to drain right into a small pit in the dirt below the membrane and it will absor...

Prefab frost-protected shallow foundation insulated form kit
Slab on Grade

Raft slabs - How to build Insulated Frost Protected shallow foundations (FPSF) on problem soils

...drainage, soil replacement and compaction before an engineer will approve a project. The photos below are images of drainage measures that were required to su...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...basement to optimize sqft on your building plot, then learn best practice for insulating when building a new basement here , or if you have a basement and need ...

Slab-on-grade for Ecohome's upcoming video building guide
Passive solar home design

how to build a slab-on-grade on standard soil

...drains in the floor, but for sink and bathtub drains that you will not see, you can make your life a lot easier if you don't encase them in the concrete. Either...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Foundations and Basements

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...basement, so you get most of the cost, all the durability issues and potential hassles of a basement, PLUS a sore back and bruises on your head if you try to ma...

Condensation on windows in our homes - why is it there? - how to stop it?
Walls and Roofs

Condensation on windows is a pain but is it a problem & how to stop it?

...basements or crawlspaces – When a home is built on a crawlspace or basement this can often be the cause of humidity in the home – even when the home is newer ma...

Real estate

Evaluating a home before purchase: how to recognize value and potential problems

...surface water will drain away and not towards your foundation. Does it have eavestroughs? They prevent splash back towards the house (this is a good thing), a...