Clay / Guides

Solar Radiant Heated Floor Slab Kit
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

Solar heated radiant floor with radiant heated hot water for a site with problem soil - expansive clay

...clay see here , to read more about Passive House Certification see here , from the EcoHome Green Building Guides

Lasagna Gardening - How to Build an Easy Vegetable Garden
Food production

Lasagna gardening - the easiest vegetable garden at home?

...clay soil, lasagne gardening produces a light tilth, full of nutrients, and ready to grow delicious vegetables in the shade or in full sun. The name lasagna garden - also known as a lasagne garden , which is represented on purpose to be fair:) - simply refers to the method of layering soil, mulch and a root barrier o...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Foundations and Basements

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...clay soil, and by building a raft slab we saved money by not requiring any soil remediation. Read more about our Wakefield house solar air heated slab floor here . What’s cheaper to build – a slab on grade or a crawlspace? A slab is cheaper . A crawl space is like building a mini (and dysfunctional) basement, so yo...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Crawl spaces

Should I Build on a Slab on Grade Foundation or a Crawl Space?

...clay soil, and by building a raft slab we saved money by not requiring any soil remediation. Read more about our Wakefield house solar air heated slab floor here . What’s cheaper to build – a slab on grade or crawlspace? A slab is cheaper . A crawl space is like building a mini (and dysfunctional) basement, so you ...

Frost Heave Prevention Helps Stop Frost Heaving Breaking up Home Foundations
New foundations and slab-on-grade

What causes Frost Heave? Preventing frost heaving is down to good foundation design

...clay, digging up the top few inches and laying down a waterproof membrane of some kind is an extra measure that can help keep soil dry, but be careful - as drying out expansive clay can also cause subsidance and cracking on older home foundations. Skirt insulation works as well, which involves laying down a sheet of ...

Basement wall insulation
Insulation and soundproofing

Properly insulating basements and concrete slab floors

...clay, and quicker through clay than soil. Heat will also move quicker through wet clay than dry. We would recommend at least R20 under slab floors in cold climates (the third image above), but depending on the type of ground on which you are building, you might need even more to double that in order to maintain the sam...

Beautiful LEED home in Mulmur, Ontario.
LEED Homes

A beautiful lakeside LEED Platinum home

...clay plaster that requires no paint finish. A soy-based sealer was used for the concrete floors and counters, and untreated silk and hemp fabric was used for the curtains. The client was equally interested in environmentally responsible design. Achieving a healthy house for both client and environment meant extensive...

The Pros & Cons of Lasagna Gardening for Growing Food
Food production

Lasagna Gardening: the pros & cons of a lasagna garden

...clay soils, a lasagne garden construction will ensure a fertile top layer of free-draining soil on top of heavy and difficult to work soils underneath such as clay. Worth mentioning though, is that a lasagna garden won’t grow best in waterlogged clay soil. Some kind of drainage will still be needed in that situation,...

Prefab LEED Passive House Kit Homes the Future of House Building?
Passive House

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of home building?

...clay, a raft slab-on-grade design with solar radiant heating was chosen to avoid the costly process of soil remediation that would have been required to build a standard footing and frost wall, or the expense and complication of building and insulating a basement properly . Raft slabs distribute the weight evenly over ...

DIY Natural Earth Pigment Paint, Making it at Home is Easy
Healthy indoor air quality

DIY recipe for natural healthy paint

...clay paint that's easy to make, economical, and gives a beautiful, soft, adobe-like look. I get compliments from all my guests! Shop for non toxic natural pigment paints here Aside from the aesthetics of natural paint, the health benefits are huge. Most people don’t realize the amount or duration of toxins off-gass...

Indoor hydroponic vegetable garden
Food production

Growing food indoors

...clay pebbles (endlessly renewable) and wine bottle corks to build their bottle garden system to create a product that is both aesthetically pleasing and functional. Requirements for the system: It may be obvious that the single most important aspect to ensure the success of your indoor garden installation will be a...