Slab on grade / Guides

Basement wall insulation
Insulation and soundproofing

Properly insulating basements and concrete slab floors

...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 . Technical edit and thermal images by Deni...

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

Vapour / radon barriers below slab floors

...on 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 Polyethylene barriers below slab floors serve two purposes - to...

Exterior damp proofing and drainage mat to protect basements from wate
Insulation and soundproofing

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction

...oncrete connections in foundations © Ecohome Avoid wood-to-concrete connections: Concrete foundations take five years to fully dry, and that is only if they are completely separated by exterior waterproof barriers from ground moisture and water. Without breaking the connection from dirt to porous concrete, fo...

Rendering of the Ecohome demonstration house
Efficient home design

Ecohome Demo House: High performance, affordable cost

...onal home that would greatly outperform conventionally built homes, yet be on par with those homes in its annual cost to own and operate. Design for heat retention before heat generation Standard practices in residential construction are long overdue for re-evaluation and improvement. The energy needed to operate n...

Polished concrete floors and counters
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

Finishing concrete floors with silicate densifiers

...on for anyone with chemical sensitivities who wants a beautiful and durable eco-friendly floor in their passive solar home - especially as built correctly with sufficient subfloor insulation a concrete slab on grade makes a perfect thermal battery for solar heat . Sealing concrete floors: Raw concrete is very porou...

Radiant floor heat in a bathroom
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

DIY radiant floor installation

...on and episode 1 of our green home building guide, how to build a passive solar home . Read more about Ecohome's LEED V4 Platinum Edelweiss House , Passive solar home design , Passive House contruction , how to build slab on grade on bad soil , and anything you need to know about sustainable green home construction i...

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

...ontal rather than just vertical movement. When building a new home, properly insulating basements and engineering slab on grade foundations for homes not only prevents foundations from cracking, it also reduces energy consumption and global CO² emissions. The negative environmental aspects of concrete use can be miti...

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

The S1600 - affordable modern prefab eco homes for families

...slab on grade foundation form's design saved money that would otherwise have been spent on soil remediation and frost walls. Keep in mind that if on a very tight budget this house can also be seated on a conventional thickened edge insulated slab on grade, a full basement for added living space on the same size lot, ...

Mineral wool insulation in roof by Rockwool - LEED Platinum V4
Roof assemblies - new construction

Mineral wool insulation in roofs by Rockwool

...slab-on-grade rancher capable of housing a family of 4 comfortably. And best of all, it was done well within a conventional building budget . Discover The EcoHome Edelweiss House - Beautiful, Economical, Comfortable & Eco-Friendly (with mineral wool insulation , here) Thanks to our sponsor Rockwool - formerly Roxul...

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?

...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 ...

Are low-flow shower heads worth the money?
Bathrooms

Are low-flow shower heads worth the money?

...on a frost protected slab on grade foundation , there is no room for a verticle grey water heat exchanger as pictured above, but there are also horizontal greywater heat exchangers for slab on grade construction now available on the market. Learn more about LEED for homes , plumbing and water conservation , and all a...