Insulated Concrete Forms / Guides

Slab-on-grade for Ecohome's upcoming video building guide
Slab on Grade

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

...forms © Ecohome Forms need to be well-secured to avoid a blow out, including lots of braces to hold the weight of the concrete so forms don't bend. Three runs of 2x6's easily held concrete and insulation, and after forms were removed, that wood was used for framing. Slab-on-grade forms © Ecohome 3. Plumbi...

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

...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 throughout a hom...

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

The S1600 - affordable modern prefab eco homes for families

...concrete stores the heat and slowly diffuses it back into the home throughout the day and night. What's not to love about free heat from the sun?! This was an idea Ecohome had and presented to Legalett , an experienced company who designs and supplies insulated raft slab forms, frost-protected shallow foundation form...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Foundations and Basements

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...insulated forms, adding rebar plus mesh and then pouring concrete into it. So, there are more materials, more stages of construction and more labour with a crawlspace than a slab. Passive House slab on grade form kit ready to pour concrete © Ecohome The drawbacks of building on a slab on grade: Building you...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...Concrete is very expensive to purchase and extremely energy intensive during manufacturing. The process of building a basement requires 3 costly visits from a team of concrete trucks; once to pour a footing, again to pour walls, and a third time to pour a basement floor. For every ton of concrete produced, one ton of g...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Crawl spaces

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

...insulated forms, adding rebar plus mesh and then pouring concrete into it. So, there are more materials, more stages of construction and more labour with a crawlspace than a slab. Passive House slab on grade form kit ready to pour concrete © Ecohome The draw backs of building on a slab on grade: Building yo...

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home is affordably Close
Planning and Design

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home gets affordably Close

...concrete as much as possible. Once that’s been done, the next step is to look for ways to reduce the impact of the concrete that must be used for structural integrity or thermal mass, by employing any locally-available sources of concrete that include recycled content, or that is acknowledged to be a low carbon alterna...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...Insulated Concrete Forms: ICF block diagram courtesy Fox Blocks This is a system of polystyrene blocks that are stacked and filled with concrete to form the entire wall system of your home. Building with ICF blocks is great for reducing sound transmission and stopping the infiltration of air, insects and rode...

Frost Heave Prevention Helps Stop Frost Heaving Breaking up Home Foundations
New foundations and slab-on-grade

What causes Frost Heave? Preventing frost heaving is down to good foundation design

...forms below them. A force of 19 tons per square foot has been measured with one seven-story reinforced concrete frame building on a raft foundation that heaved more than 2 inches. But, preventing frost heaving is actually a breeze as long as you design properly, and here we tell you how. What causes frost heave...

Prefab LEED Passive House Kit Homes the Future of House Building?
Passive House

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of home building?

...concrete with healthy, non-toxic concrete sealants The second floor will be Marmoleum, which is made of renewable materials and natural sources and is very durable and healthy. Chosen Eco-Friendly Flooring Brands : Forbo Flooring Systems, Marmoleum Healthy Kitchen Construction That beautiful new kitchen wit...

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?

...concrete with healthy, non-toxic concrete sealants The second floor will be Marmoleum, which is made of renewable materials and natural sources and is very durable and healthy. Chosen Eco-Friendly Flooring Brands : Forbo Flooring Systems, Marmoleum Healthy Kitchen Construction That beautiful new kitchen wit...