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Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

Slab-On-Grade Construction - Technical Guide Deciding to build your home with a slab-on-grade foundation instead of a conventional basement or raised crawlspace foundation can greatly reduce your environmental impact during construction , and has the potential to offer significant financial savings as well. By rep...

How to fix noisy baseboard heaters
Heating and cooling

Fixing noisy baseboard heaters, How to stop that clicking easily !

...crawlspace in the gap between flooring and baseboard too, and caulk or use aluminum duct tape to block those holes up under the heater and out of view. I also tend to push the heating element tube one way firmly but gently and back to make certain it can expand and contract smoothly. If it’s making lots of noise in t...

Affordable Modern Prefab Eco Homes Available - The S1600
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

The S1600 - affordable modern prefab eco homes for families

...crawlspace (our least favorite foundation design). Legalett insulated raft slabs with air heated floor s are an option available all across North America, for this house as well as any other design. You can see the video showing the insulated slab forms installation and how the solar heated radiant slab on grade system...

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

...crawlspace in an older home from the inside. The forces involved in frost heaving can also be very destructive to lightly-loaded structures and cause serious problems in major ones - so when there are both within the same overall home structure (like a deck attached to a house with a basement), the differential movem...

Canada Greener Homes Grant 2021 - How to apply fiberglass attic insulation
Grants and incentives

Canada Greener Homes Grant 2021 - the "how to apply" guide - step by step

...crawlspace insulation. Maximum Grant Amount: Up to $5,000 Air-sealing a Home Air sealing to improve the air-tightness of your home to achieve the air-change rate target - which is where the blower door test comes in Maximum Grant Amount: Up to $1,000 Replacement Windows and doors Replace your window...

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

Slab on Grade foundation, detail design; the basics There are many different soil conditions and corresponding slab designs. This page is about how to build a thickened edge concrete slab on grade FPSF footing on soil with a high water table to prevent frost heave, by first installing drainage below the slab. Rela...

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?

...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 many areas building Code’s lock humidity in finished basement walls for years, causing damp and mold issues. Many basements were built with inadequate insulation, see here to ...

Why Radon maps by state or province shouldn't replace testing

Radon Levels by State & Province - Why a Radon Test is Essential

...crawlspaces, which radon mitigation system is best depends on how high your levels are, how finished your basement is and whether or not you use it as living space. The only really easy DIY Radon mitigation technique is for crawlspaces or basements with dirt floors , where a passive radon stack can be laid down under...