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LEED Homes

The 19 LEED for Homes Prerequisites

...Radon-resistant construction: Homes in high-risk radon gas areas must have protection against radon infiltration. The project manager has the option to install a passive depressurization column (highly recommended) or to test for radon after construction is completed. Installing a passive radon vent at the time of ...

Finished basements can lead to mold and mildew
Healthy indoor air quality

Why are basements moldy? How to fix or Prevent a Moldy Basement

...ing the health of occupants by mitigating mold formation. They most certainly are not based on the laws of physics,that is the one thing we know for sure. 3) The cheapest way to insulate a basement is on the inside, and using finishing materials that are moisture and therefore mold formation sensitive. This is a big ...

The LEED rating system
LEED Homes

The LEED rating system

...ing begins at the design phase, and this category encourages builders to put together their building team early and involve them in the design process. It is here that regional issues and home durability is addressed, and building orientation is determined to maximise passive solar gains. Locations & Linkages (10 poi...

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

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

...in the concrete. Either build a wooden form around the drain pipes or even just cut a hole in a bucket and stick it over top. This way the drain will have a little play, making it much easier to hook up bathtub and sink drains. 4. Installing insulation After all the plumbing was in place, 8 inches of rigid insulati...

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

...in slab-on-grade construction. As all plumbing work will be embedded in concrete, the accuracy of location, drain height and proper sloping of drains is essential. Install raft slab insulation forms, interior floor insulation and reinforcement mesh as per engineering specifications. If you are installing in-floor...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Crawl spaces

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

...ing on it or an exterior cement board will dissuade termites in low to moderate risk areas. In high risk areas additional protection can be required by code, and having said that – a termite has no real incentive to dig into your insulation if there is no food source to attact them, so always build homes with durabilit...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...inantly to the outside. But, since soil is for all intents and purposes 'water', basement walls need to dry to the inside. Common building practice does not account for this, and a disturbingly high number of homes have moisture damage and mold, which is in part blamed for an increase in respiratory illnesses. This...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Foundations and Basements

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...ing on it or an exterior cement board will dissuade termites in low to moderate risk areas. In high risk areas additional protection can be required by code, and having said that – a termite has no real incentive to dig into your insulation if there is no food source to attact them, so always build homes with durabilit...

Smart homes: Remotely control and monitor your energy consumption
Efficient home design

Smart homes: efficiency, comfort & convenience at our fingertips

...in their back pocket. Smart thermostats: In the average home, the inclusion of intelligent thermostats could mean a savings of 10 to 20% on your heating bill, and about the same in summer with home-cooling costs. Those are not insignificant savings, and even though a system may at first seem costly, you will often ...

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?

...ision. There is not always a definitive right or wrong answer to which choice is better between renovating, remodeling or rebuilding a home, so I will go over this in the same way I do with consulting clients. My first step is always to find out what emotional attachment the homeowner has to the existing building, an...

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum certified home - The Edelweiss House
LEED Homes

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum house - An EcoHome project checklist

...is beautiful LEED platinum home include: Insulation: 8 in. of semi-rigid mineral-wool insulation on the outside of the sheathing, and another 5-1/2 in. of mineral-wool batts in stud cavities packaged in a high-performance building envelope. Exterior walls of the slab-on-grade house have a total of 13-1/2 in. of min...