Foundations / Guides

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Foundations and Basements

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...foundations to meet building code in most regions (we hope), but putting plumbing lines in conduits is also a good idea; that way, if for any reason at all you ...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Crawl spaces

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

...foundations to meet building code in most regions (we hope), but putting plumbing lines in conduits is also a good idea; that way, if for any reason at all you ...

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

...foundations is also avoided, so a raft slab on any site can avoid possible costly surprises once excavation has begun. Given its more robust design, it is also ...

Slab on grade or a foundation and basement?
Foundation choices

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

...foundations - pros & cons: For a modest sized home, a concrete foundation will cost you easily between $20,000 and $30,000 . Factor in a subfloor and finished...

Cedar deck and stairs under construction cedar naturally the most durable wood
Decks, porches and gazebos

Tips for building a deck - 10 Tips to make your deck last longer

...Foundations, our top tips for durability: It is important to understand what will cause your deck to shift so you can build accordingly to avoid that; if you'...

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

Net Zero Energy house in Edmonton, Alberta

...Foundations: All three foundations will be constructed using I CF blocks with an additional interior wall for extra insulation. The result is a foundation wit...

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, Insul...

Artistic rendition of one of the pre-fab net zero homes, Alberta
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Net Zero Community in Calgary, Alberta

...foundations in a matter of hours. "We're proud to be the first home builder to offer this sustainable building process to Calgary Homebuyers on this scale," s...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...foundations prevents concrete from freezing © CMHC Skirt insulation is a very simple and cost-effective solution that could (and should) be applied to...

The Affordable Architect-Designed Modern Green prefab 2 Bed kit home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed modern Green prefab 2 bed kit home

...foundations . Le Refuge as a standard kit is 750 square feet, includes a kitchen, dining room, living room, bathroom and 2 bedrooms. The walls are insulated w...

Midori Uchi
Efficient home design

A new contender for the title of Canada's Greenest Home

...foundations Solar thermal Solar PV In-home energy monitoring and tracking Concrete made from recycled building waste Reclaimed lumber and building mat...