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Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...ons of greenhouse gas emissions from your building materials as well as during the future operation of the home. Slab-on-grade construction is a somewhat uncommon method of home building that replaces the conventional foundation wall and basement or crawl space with a concrete slab that rests directly on grade. The t...

Step by step guide for slab-on-grade home construction
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade construction: the ecoHOME A to Z Slab building guide

...slab. Related slab on grade foundation pages: Slab-on-grade technical guide Building a thickened edge slab on grade with normal soil conditions Raft slabs on poor soil conditions to avoid excavating and soil remediation The following is a technical guide for slab-on-grade home construction. The design and...

Slab on grade or a foundation and basement?
Foundation choices

Slab-on-grade vs foundation and crawlspace or basement

...slab-on-grade construction Slab-on-Grade Construction is best if: Slab on grade polished concrete floor © Bala Structures A slab floor is a fantastic way to start a passive solar home , as your entire floor surface consists of several inches of thermal mass to absorb heat. A slab is a great place to bury elec...

Insulating a Slab on grade for a Passive Solar LEED Home with Rockwool © Ecohome
Insulation and soundproofing

Insulating below slab-on-grade floors

...home. For greater details check out some of the following guide pages: Thanks to our sponsor Roxul / Rockwool . See other slab on grade information pages here: The Definitive Slab-on-grade Technical Guide How to build a slab-on-grade foundation with thickened edge for normal soil conditions Slab on Grade in...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Foundations and Basements

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...oncrete 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 your home on a slab on grade means you will have no basement ...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Crawl spaces

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

...oncrete 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 your home on a slab on grade means you will have no basement...

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

...onditions of some building sites are not suitable for a slab-on-grade foundation with a thickened-edge footing without first beginning with extensive and costly soil remediation. Opting for a raft slab in such conditions can be a much cheaper option. A raft slab is a frost-protected shallow foundation, or slab-on-gra...

Radiant floor tube installation
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

DIY radiant floor tubing installation video

...one to ensure balanced heat throughout the house. You can find out more about Ecohome's LEED V4 Platinum Edelweiss House , Radiant floors , slab on grade construction step by step , Raft slabs for building on soft soils , and anything else about sustainable green home construction in Ecohome's green building guide pa...

Solar Radiant Heated Floor Slab Kit
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

Solar heated radiant floor with radiant heated hot water for a site with problem soil - expansive clay

...on the slab. Below is a short video of the solar heated floor slab construction , stay tuned for more on the house that will be seated on it! For more reading and videos on pre-fabricated engineered insulated slab on grade form kits for problem soils like expansive clay see here , to read more about Passive House Cer...

Radon and vapour barrier below slab on grade floor
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Vapour / radon barriers below slab floors

...home, it's reassuring to know that there's such a huge selection of SMART radon monitors available that keep a constant eye on the levels in the home. Take a look here for the best choice and prices on SMART radon monitoring equipment and their Apps. WATCH MORE VIDEOS FOR SLAB ON GRADE FOUNDATION CONSTRUCTION P...

Basement wall insulation
Insulation and soundproofing

Properly insulating basements and concrete slab floors

...home in the US or Canada with a Basement or a Slab on Grade , in the EcoHome best practice for building Foundations & Basements guide section you will find the basics on foundation , basement & slab design , under slab insulation , site selection & preparation, excavation, drainage & radon gas prevention and mitigation...