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Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...slab-on-grade waiting for vapour barrier installation © Ecohome Floating slab / Monolithic slab: The term floating slab refers to a two-stage slab construction, where footings are individually poured, and the centre floor of the slab is poured after footings have cured. The forms of a monolithic slab are design...

All About Hemp Wood Flooring, How it's Made, Where to Buy?
Flooring and stairs

Natural non-toxic hemp flooring by HempWood & Tennessee Wood Flooring

...floating floor', boards must be individually attached. They should be It fastened to a plywood or OSB subfloor with a standard flooring nail gun , or if necessary, be glued down to a concrete slab. Gluing floor boards to concrete is not our favorite method of installation for a couple of reasons – firstly, the lack of ...

Passively-heated off-grid LEED house in Low, Quebec
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog: a firsthand account of building and living in a remote area

...slab is 4" inches of EPS rigid foam giving R-16. A couple other finishing details really help to reduce the basement heating loads. First, the basement concrete slab is actually encased on 3 sides by foam, coming down from the walls, and then with the foam underneath it essentially looks like a foam 'bathtub'. This sig...

Slab on grade or a foundation and basement?
Foundation choices

Slab-on-grade vs foundation and crawlspace or basement

...slab-on-grade construction Slab-on-Grade Construction is best if: Slab on grade polished concrete floor © Bala Structures A slab floor is a fantastic way to start a passive solar home , as your entire floor surface consists of several inches of thermal mass to absorb heat. A slab is a great place to bury elec...

Radiant floor heat in a bathroom
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

DIY radiant floor installation

...slab on grade on bad soil , and anything you need to know about sustainable green home construction in Ecohome's green building guide pages.

Insulated Radiant Floor ICF Foam Forms Heated with Air
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

Air-heated radiant floor slab foam forming systems

...slab-on-grade floor © Ecohome You can see a Video Guide on How to Install Hydronic Radiant Heated Floor Tubing HERE Alternatively, you can heat floors with electric wires and this is often the most affordable after-market solution for happier feet. Even in new homes with forced-air heating, electrically-h...