Slab on grade construction / Guides

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?

...on construction on problem soils like expansive clay or peat. Chosen Slab-on-Grade Form Kit Brand : Legalett frost protected shallow foundation forms - with solar heated radiant floor - see this one go together here: This is the solar heated floor slab-on-grade foundation form kit being assembled for this LEED ...

Naugler House: the most energy efficient Passive House design in New Brunswick
Efficient home design

New Brunswick's most energy efficient home is Passive House designed

...ontinuous layer of insulation and airtightness around the whole home. We ensured our construction methods were based upon sound building science. Passive House open-concept design Garth Hood of Thoughtful Dwellings in Fredericton helped to create this Passive House open-concept design. The living area...

Choosing a building envelope
Wall assemblies - new construction

Choosing a building envelope - starting with the perfect wall

...ong the most durable. Alternative wall construction methods: There are many other methods of wall construction, what we have covered here are the more common and cost effective techniques. There are a variety of natural fibres like hemp insulation that are used for home construction and insulation. Larsen Tru...

Choosing a building lot
Excavation

Things to look for when purchasing land for building a house

...onsider before making an offer: Zoning: First check that you are allowed to build a house on the lot in question. Don't rely solely on the word of the seller or agent; confirm this with the local municipality. While confirming that it is buildable, be sure you are able to build the size of house you want by asking ab...

How to Fasten Cement Board Facing to slab on grade insulation
Slab on Grade

Finishing the exterior of an insulated slab-on-grade floor

...slab exterior. To learn more about Slab on Grade foundations enjoy the EcoHome Video Guide for a Slab on Grade Foundation with Solar Powered Radiant Heating , or discover many more articles about Design, Insulation, Forming, Heating & Pouring of Slab on Grade by Clicking HERE or join the debate about which insulation...

Air-heated radiant concrete floor
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

Air-heated radiant floors

...on in concrete floors now because they provide a very balanced and comfortable distribution of heat. Those systems are most commonly hydronic, meaning heated liquid is pumped through tubing in the concrete which then radiates that heat into the house. Hydronic radiant tubing for a slab-on-grade ...

Preventing radon gas in homes starts with testing for radon - the only sure way
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Radon Gas Awareness - Up to 10% of North American homes tested have unsafe radon levels

...slab-on-grade foundation can also lead to the increased possibility of exposure to radon gas radiation, another reason where possible to build on an insulated slab foundation. In the USA the EPA recommends that homeowners should take radon mitigation measures if the radon concentration exceeds 150 Bq / m 3 . Health C...

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

...oncrete as you could rest a home on screw piles, but you really don’t see that very often. Almost every home in North 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 foundatio...

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

Maintaining healthy indoor air quality

...on't have a proper radon vent, the amount in your water is probably negligible compared to the amount coming in through your basement, so your money might be better spent on sealing your foundation. During new construction, a proper vapour barrier under your concrete floor and installing a radon vent will eliminate t...

Passive House wall system ; Larsen Trusses & dense-packed cellulose insulation
Wall assemblies - new construction

Larsen truss wall systems with double-stud construction & extra insulation for new homes & energy efficient home renovation

...on (R4) Weather barrier (WRB) Strapping Exterior cladding * Both homes are built on a raft-slabslab on grade ICF Forming kit ’ with 12 inches of EPS foam insulation John Hodges' Passive House with Larsen Trusses © Ecohome Exterior insulation for home renovations: Beyond new home construction, usi...

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

How to choose a home-building contractor

...construction - Ecohome Guide How much insulation does a basement need - EcoHome Guide How to finish the exterior of Insulated basements and slabs - Ecohome Video Guide Why is a Slab-on-grade Foundation more Eco-Friendly than a Basement? - EcoHome Discussions