Sealing concrete floors / Guides

Polished concrete floors and counters
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

Finishing concrete floors with silicate densifiers

...concrete slab on grade makes a perfect thermal battery for solar heat . Sealing concrete floors: Raw concrete is very porous and will have a lot of tiny, in...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...floors is simply done by adding insulation - yep, we have a guide for how to insulate slab on grade floors when building, here . Why build on a slab instead...

Crawlspace radon barrier installation for radon mitigation
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Removing radon gas from basements and crawlspaces

...concrete in fairly good condition should provide enough of an air barrier to contain radon below it. A contractor will drill two small test holes in the concr...

Radon Mitigation - Installing a radon evacuation stack in a slab floor
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Mitigating radon gas in homes

...concrete floors will probably prove a bit more difficult. As the awareness of the danger of radon gas becomes more common, you are not left to deal with this on...

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

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

...concrete floor, using it as a thermal battery for night time residual heat release. To make certain that the eco-friendly polished sealed concrete floor never f...

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?

...concrete floor on top makes more sense. Voila, you now have a slab-on-grade foundation . You can then have either have a beautifully sealed and polished concret...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...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 entir...

Passive House in Quebec
Passive House

The Passive-Aggressive House - Our History of a Passivhaus Build

...sealing all cracks. Less obvious, perhaps, is the minimization of “thermal bridges” such as concrete balconies – like those jutting out of most condos that siph...

Roxul mineral wool batt insulation in LEED Homes
Insulation and soundproofing

Choosing the right insulation: the pros, cons and applications for walls, slabs & basements

...concrete wall. See our pages on how to avoid or get rid of mold in basements for more on this. Rockwool mineral fiber insulation: Rock wool rigid boar...

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

...concrete with galvanized post support All of this can be done by an ambitious DIYer; you can either dig a wide hole with a shovel, or rent a gas powered or ...