Finishing concrete floors / Guides

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, interconnected air pockets in it that will absorb moisture and other contaminants, and stain easily. It will also endlessly release dust into the air through any ...

Eco-friendly & Healthy Flooring is best for Green Homes
Flooring and stairs

Eco-Friendly Flooring material options for Green-Homes

...concrete floors: Polished concrete floor © sdconcrete.com Concrete production releases a lot of greenhouse gases, but the finished product is incredibly durable and non-toxic to humans. Floors can be acid stained, have colours added, and have patterns cut into it to make it look like tile or stone. Pros: Exce...

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

...Finishing a concrete slab on grade: the most affordable final finish is achieved by simply finishing the concrete with a power trowel to the desired sheen. A high level of perfection for the trowelling can take over half of a day, depending on the thickness and concrete mix. In some cases, the level of finishing is min...

Slab on grade or a foundation and basement?
Foundation choices

Slab-on-grade vs foundation and crawlspace or basement

...concrete floors is essential Many building codes have only recently insisted on the inclusion of insulation below concrete basement floors , and as always, it is important to realize that the requirements of building codes are the bare minimum only. Increasing sub-slab insulation to R15 or R20 (or more) will make flo...

How to insulate basements properly
Insulation and soundproofing

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction

...concrete connections in foundations © Ecohome Avoid wood-to-concrete connections: Concrete foundations take five years to fully dry, and that is only if they are completely separated by exterior waterproof barriers from ground moisture and water. Without breaking the connection from dirt to porous concrete, f...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Crawl spaces

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

...concrete floor with a non-toxic finish is the most durable and healthy flooring material you can choose for a slab on grade foundation. The only downside, is that it can be a bit tough on the knees for some people, myself included, (note to self - walk don't crawl). I’m not a huge fan of hard concrete floors, so if it ...

DLT Dowel Laminated Timber
Wood and organic materials

Two new options of mass timber panels

...floors, walls and roofs), with significant advantages over steel or concrete options. There are two products in that general family that have attracted our attention, as they enable longer spans than the traditional CLT, while requiring less wood: Mass plywood panels that use wood veneers instead of solid wood ...

Recycled barn beams and a refinished clawfoot bathtub
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Recycled & reclaimed materials

...concrete for foundations and slab floors : Concrete production is a huge source of greenhouse gas emissions; buying concrete with a percentage of recycled content will add pretty much nothing to your life, but the atmosphere will thank you. Fixtures and cabinetry : You can often find some pretty funky looking older l...

Crawlspace radon barrier installation for radon mitigation
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Removing radon gas from basements and crawlspaces

...finishing a basement is possible, read here to find out how. Radon in Crawlspace floors that won’t be insulated: A radon barrier needs to be installed to seal off the ground from the air in the crawlspace . A DIY radon mitigation solution for a crawlspace is to use a standard 6 mil polyethylene vapour barrier, whic...

Which wood is best for framing timber frame construction in homes?
Wall assemblies - new construction

Lumber choices for wood frame construction - choosing timber for framing & building homes

...Floors here Interior finishing wood Mouldings for interior finishing can be made of all sorts of materials. Solid wood is one option (pine, oak, maple or yellow birch). It is still rather expensive but it has the advantage of being a durable material that doesn't require harmful adhesives. MDF mouldings (Medium Den...

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

The S1600 - affordable modern prefab eco homes for families

...concrete, which is very high in GHGs (green house gas emissions), unless you are lucky enough to be able to choose low-carbon concrete, see here for it's growing availability in North America and Canada. The total embodied carbon footprint of the S1600 kit house was calculated, and the results were very impressive. B...