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Polished concrete floors and counters
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

Finishing concrete floors with silicate densifiers

...concrete slab on grade makes a perfect thermal battery for solar heat . Sealing concrete floors: Raw concrete is very porous and will have a lot of tiny, in...

Patio stones with very low greenhouse gas emissions
Concrete and masonry

Reducing emissions with CO² cured-concrete

...concrete, resulting in a dramatically lower environmental footprint. Solidia’s concrete is formulated with less lime and is cured at lower temperatures than sim...

Low Carbon Concrete - Lowering the Carbon Footprint of Eco Homes
Concrete and masonry

Low-carbon concrete by CarbonCure Canada - lowering the carbon footprint of buildings

...Concrete in homes = high carbon footprint Have you seen a house without any concrete in it? it’s not impossible to build a home without concrete as you could ...

Concrete, wood and steel structures compared - Timber Frame wins!
Materials and resources

How wood structures compare to steel and concrete for Carbon Footprint

...concrete in the building industry, which offers advantages in terms of environmental impact, cost and speed of construction and also low-carbon concrete from Ca...

Basement wall insulation
Insulation and soundproofing

Properly insulating basements and concrete slab floors

...concrete floor in a typical cold climate, either in Canada or Northern US; first un-insulated, the second insulated to meet Building Code (R10) and the third in...

Gabion walls can be used for building homes
Concrete and masonry

Gabion Walls - what is a gabion cage & how to build with them?

...concrete or rammed earth walls. GABION WALL (LOOSE) COST( $) DRY STONE WALL COST( $) CONCRETE WALL COST($) H = 3 Ft 10...

Slab on Grade

Finishing the exterior of an insulated slab-on-grade floor

...concrete. It did hold as planned, though there is more play in it than we ideally would have liked and if we were to do it again we would increase the amount of...

Radon and vapour barrier below slab on grade floor
Healthy indoor air quality

Vapour / radon barriers below slab floors

...concrete and disbursing it into homes, also to create a radon barrier. Radon gas occurs naturally in the soil, a result of decomposing uranium in the ground. So...

Slab on grade for a Passive Solar LEED Home insulated by Rockwool © Ecohome
Insulation and soundproofing

Insulating below slab-on-grade floors

Insulating below slab-on-grade foundations Why insulate under a slab on grade foundation? For comfort, and to save money, that's why! In many areas Building ...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...concrete trucks; once to pour a footing, again to pour walls, and a third time to pour a basement floor. For every ton of concrete produced, one ton of greenhou...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Foundations and Basements

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

What is the difference between a slab on grade & a crawl space? A slab on grade, or ‘frost protected shallow foundation’ is exactly that, a slab of concrete ...