Excavation / Guides

Choosing a building lot
Excavation

Things to look for when purchasing land for building a house

...excavation work. If there is any standing or moving water on a site it would be wise to employ a geotechnical engineer to ensure a building wouldn't violate any environmental laws. Septic system and well: The best case scenario is having access to municipal water and sewage; short of that you will need a well and sep...

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

...excavation has begun. Given its more robust design, it is also less prone to movement and cracking than buildings that bear on a footing. You may or may not have success in finding an engineer experienced in raft slab design, alternatively you can look into companies that specialize in custom designed prefabricated I...

Lockeport Beach House
Real estate

Lockeport Beach House wins Canadian Green Building award

...excavation, tree-clearing and sandbank erosion. The sand dunes between the forest and the beach are nesting grounds for endangered piping plovers, so retention of trees and the protection of habitat were important design considerations. Above the piles, the lightweight wood-frame structure houses a straight-for...

Basement wall insulation
Insulation and soundproofing

Properly insulating basements and concrete slab floors

...excavation, drainage & radon gas prevention and mitigation . Technical edit and thermal images by Denis Boyer

The village of Baie-Saint-Paul in Charlevoix
Choosing where to live

Moving to the country - living a rural lifestyle

...excavation can be saved for various uses including retaining walls, paths and rock gardens. If you have native and drought resistant plants that need to be removed, set them aside for replanting afterwards. They obviously like your property and will do well. Build with your own wood: If there are trees that have ...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Foundations and Basements

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...excavation so high water tables are not a problem, and they can also eliminate the need for a costly soil remediation. We recently built our new Wakefield concept house on expansive 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...

Concept and design

How to stay on budget when building a home

...excavation, foundations, service infrastructure such as water and power, taxes, permits, land surveys, etc. can easily blow your budget if they are not anticipated or calculated correctly. Another common mistake we see is people comparing new home prices with the list price of similar-sized homes for sale on the mark...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Crawl spaces

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

...excavation so high water tables are not a problem, and they can also eliminate the need for a costly soil remediation. We recently built our new Wakefield concept house on expansive 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...

Rendering of the Ecohome demonstration house
Efficient home design

Ecohome Demo House: High performance, affordable cost

...excavation, septic and well is $200,000. By regional standards this is low for its size, savings realized by simplifying design features help keep costs to a minimum. A simple 2/12 single-pitch roof is low-hanging fruit as far as keeping material and labour costs down. It also lends itself well to a vegetative gree...

Comparing ground source and air source heat pumps
Heating and cooling

Heat Pumps: Ground source geothermal GSHP or air source ASHP, which one is best for heating a home?

...excavation undertaking for a GSHP horizontal loop. General conclusions: air source heat pump v ground source heat pump There is no single right answer in deciding which system is more cost effective for consumers. You'll need to weigh the variables yourself in making that decision. But as a general rule - GSHPs may...

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

...EXCAVATION for Slab on Grade foundation: Hire an engineer to establish how to seat the footing for the foundations. Soil tests will often be ordered to determine how to proceed. On expansive clay, unknown soils or infill, engineers will sometimes insist on the construction of a compacted rubble trench to support ...