Frost wall / Guides

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

Insulating below slab-on-grade floors

...frost heave, using dirt to insulate. With a slab-on-grade, the difference is you use 'insulation' to insulate, rather than dirt. This effectively moves the fros...

Slab-on-grade for Ecohome's upcoming video building guide
Passive solar home design

how to build a slab-on-grade on standard soil

...walls would bear, we installed EPS foam. Slab floors are often built in a way that requires footings and sometimes frost walls to be poured first, with the in...

Heat Recovery Ventilation - Lunos video
HRV and ERV

Lunos ductless air exchanger

...Wall sleeve for Lunos © Ecohome Wall sleeve for Lunos © Ecohome These systems are a direct interface between the inside air and the outside air, insta...

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

...wall, and finally the slab floor. Rarely are footings insulated, and depending on how the walls are insulated, the result can be a thermal bridge between the fo...

Top Tips for Getting a House Ready for Winter
Wall assemblies - renovation

Winter preparation for your home - are you ready for the cold?

...wall assembly from moisture damage by stopping humid air from escaping and depositing moisture in the wall around your windows. Read more here about what to loo...

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

...frost heave. Laying down a bed of 3/4" clean crushed stone will also act to prevent frost heave, it just can't have any fines in it because the water has to dra...

Prefab Passive House & LEED Kit Homes for Sale in Ontario & North Eastern US
Concept and design

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of buying a new home?

...frost wall, or the expense and complication of building and insulating a basement properly . Raft slabs distribute the weight evenly over the entire surface of ...

Frost in Attics: What causes Attic Ice? How to Fix it?
Roof assemblies - renovation

Why is there frost in my attic? Is ice in roofs a problem & How do I stop it?

...frost or water collecting. A little bit of frost forming is not unusual after really low nighttime temperatures, and it isn't a huge problem if it is able to me...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...walls with above-ground walls. In other words, you are replacing concrete walls with a much more affordable and energy efficient wall assembly. This is why Sl...

Passive home designer Harold Orr, one of the original high performance homes
Passive solar home design

The principal designer of the house that inspired the global Passivhaus movement reflects on the project that started it all.

...walls. So the wall becomes expensive very quickly. Third you can insulate the wall, install the air / vapour barrier, then strap the wall on the inside with 2...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Crawl spaces

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...wall, all the insulation on the walls and floor (or crawl-space ceiling), drainage, exterior damp-proofing membranes and weeping tile, then you need to build a ...