How to build a slab on grade / Guides

Renovate, Remodel or Rebuild? How to choose which is Best for Homes
Wall assemblies - renovation

Should I be renovating my home or tearing it down & rebuilding?

...to factor space for that in your new plans. Radon protection as well as radiant floor heating can be done at this time also. If the floor joists are in reasonable condition and you want to keep using the crawlspace for storage and mechanical systems, see our page on how to insulate crawlspaces . Repairing foundat...

Tiny House living in cold climates - one of the best tiny homes on wheels
Tiny house

Tiny Houses - Living in Cold Climates

...at most brands of spray foam insulation have high greenhouse gas emissions. Read here about how to find more environmentally-friendly spray foam with lower emissions . A tiny home built on a slab on grade that isn’t going to have to move is a better idea than one that does move, but the reality is that a lot people a...

Tips for finding a reliable green home builder
How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals

How to choose a home-building contractor

...aution). Aside from that, you can make some calls to local builders to see what types of homes they construct and ask a few basic questions to get a feel for their level of knowledge. What questions to ask when choosing a Green builder? Below are a few good questions to start with , and many of the answers you shou...

The passive solar home in Lac Kenogami, Quebec
Passive solar home design

Ecohome design wins House of the Year Award from Green Builder® Magazine

...A hundred years ago, houses had no insulation, but most had a basement full of coal at the ready to keep them warm. The Kenogami house was designed to sit on a fully insulated slab on grade which adds thermal mass to the equation. Insulation soon found its way into walls and ceilings, and over the ensuing decades we ...

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed Modern Green prefab tiny house kit home
Tiny house

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed modern Green prefab tiny house kit home

...an exceptional collaboration between renowned Montreal Architects PARA-SOL, and an accomplished manufacturer of modular prefabricated buildings. Modern green prefab homes are affordable Prefabricated homes that are built in the controlled atmosphere of a manufacturing facility are not subject to time delays due to ...

Non-toxic building materials can improve home air quality
Healthy indoor air quality

Maintaining healthy indoor air quality

...adioactivity of it that makes it a danger to humans. Health Canada estimates that radon gas is the cause of 10% of all lung cancer deaths , for a total of 2000 Canadian fatalities annually. Some of the highest levels in Canada are found in Ontario and West Quebec. The EPA in the USA also has a lot of information rega...

Water efficiency
Plumbing and water heaters

How to save money on your hot water bills!

...at it, don’t forget to do your cold pipes as well to avoid water damage from condensation . Solar water heaters solar hot water heater diagram image via bonney.com If you’ve ever sat in a car with black leather seats in the summer, you already understand solar heat collection. The amount of heat that can be...

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

...an exceptional collaboration between renowned Montreal Architects PARA-SOL, and the accomplished manufacturer of modular prefabricated buildings, ÉNERGÉCO CONCEPT. Modern green prefab homes are affordable Prefabricated homes that are built in the controlled atmosphere of a manufacturing facility are not subject to ...

Mobile tiny house
Tiny house

Is Tiny House living in a cold climate good or bad for the planet?

...a tool collection a bit more extensive than a multi-head screwdriver and a hammer. Really what a tiny house needs most is to stay put and have an accompanying shed. It may take some negotiating with your regional municipality and even a minor variance, but you can certainly build smaller than the national average and...

Low Carbon Concrete - Lowering the Carbon Footprint of Eco Homes
Concrete and masonry

Low-carbon concrete by CarbonCure Canada - lowering the carbon footprint of buildings

...America is either seated on a concrete foundation and basement, or a concrete slab on grade foundation . A very large percentage of the total lifecycle carbon emissions of a home is due to the foundation, so cleaning that up would greatly reduce the total greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) of a home. Carbon sequestering...

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

The S1600 - affordable modern prefab eco homes for families

...on a crawlspace (our least favorite foundation design). Legalett insulated raft slabs with air heated floor s are an option available all across North America, for this house as well as any other design. You can see the video showing the insulated slab forms installation and how the solar heated radiant slab on grade s...