Foundation insulation / Guides

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

...foundations through Code. Frost Protected Shallow Foundation or FPSF insulation design details for slab on grade Slab-on-grade step by step Instructions for problem expansive soils and high water tables EXCAVATION for Slab on Grade foundation: Hire an engineer to establish how to seat the footing for the ...

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

...foundation Insulated slab forming systems Corner detail for insulated slab forming system Skirt detail for frost protected shallow foundation slab forms Rebar detailing for slab foundations Slab-on-grade floors are often heated, which provides a very comfortable and even distribution of heat...

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

Insulating below slab-on-grade floors

...foundations Why insulate under a slab on grade foundation? For comfort, and to save money, that's why! In many areas Building Code has fallen behind common sense on what specification of insulation to use under a slab , It is common to install as little as R5 insulation below slab floors, making that about the weakes...

Exterior damp proofing and drainage mat to protect basements from wate
Insulation and soundproofing

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction

...insulation techniques listed here are designed to offer the most sensible and durable options for interior insulation, exterior insulation, or ideally, a combination of both. These assemblies have been designed to prevent moisture infiltration over the service life of a building, along with allowing the original mois...

Slab on Grade

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

...foundations enjoy the EcoHome Video Guide for a Slab on Grade Foundation with Solar Powered Radiant Heating , or discover many more articles about Design, Insulation, Forming, Heating & Pouring of Slab on Grade by Clicking HERE or join the debate about which insulation is the greenest here , all from the EcoHome Green ...

Slab on grade or a foundation and basement?
Foundation choices

Choosing between a slab-on-grade or a foundation and basement

...foundation choice? Traditionally, home construction often starts with a concrete basement foundation - But is that the best choice? The first factors to consider when designing the foundation system for a home are lot size and soil conditions. When space is limited (with total footprint and height restrictions) a b...

Basement wall insulation
Insulation and soundproofing

Properly insulating basements and concrete slab floors

...Foundations & Basements guide section you will find the basics on foundation , basement & slab design , under slab insulation , site selection & preparation, excavation, drainage & radon gas prevention and mitigation . Technical edit and thermal images by Denis Boyer

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...foundation here . Skirt insulation around slabs and foundations prevents concrete from freezing © CMHC Skirt insulation is a very simple and cost-effective solution that could (and should) be applied to basement foundations as well, as it would help reduce heat loss by keeping basement walls a...

Roxul mineral wool batt insulation in LEED Homes
Insulation and soundproofing

Choosing the right insulation: the pros, cons and applications for walls, slabs & basements

...insulation panel that one day we hope will replace plastics based foam as a standard building insulation. And better still is when the natural alternative for these plastic based rigid foam insulation boards is a naturally derived cellulose high-performance panel with a higher R-value than current rigid insulation pane...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Foundations and Basements

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...insulation if there is no food source to attact them, so always build homes with durability strategies. If termites DO eat into your foam foundation, it would likely take an infestation of biblical proportions to remove enough insulation to cause a structural issue or any significant heat loss. So if an apocalyptic inv...

Net Zero Energy home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Net Zero Energy house in Edmonton, Alberta

...insulation value of R-56. Foundations: All three foundations will be constructed using I CF blocks with an additional interior wall for extra insulation. The result is a foundation with an R-40 insulation value. Windows: Triple pane windows containing two coats of low e film, argon gas filled glazing with ins...