Slab on grade / Guides

Ecohome's Kenogami House 'The Most Resilient Home in North America'
Concept and design

Resilient design features for new home construction

...onal items. Slab-on-grade construction is more affordable, healthier and more durable than basement construction as you have no porous concrete walls to absorb moisture and no rising water-table issues to contend with. Durable basement construction: Water tables can rise from normal spring melting, extreme rain e...

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...

Passively-heated off-grid LEED house in Low, Quebec
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog: a firsthand account of building and living in a remote area

...onto the bay more special. Building Envelope: When first considering how much insulation to put into the house, I looked to the Passive House certification system. To achieve Passive House certification, there is a hard limit on the amount of energy needed to heat and cool a space of 15 kWh/m² per year, which works...

Tiny House living in cold climates - one of the best tiny homes on wheels
Tiny house

Tiny Houses - Living in Cold Climates

...on have high greenhouse gas emissions. Read here about how to find more environmentally-friendly spray foam with lower emissions . A tiny home built on a slab on grade that isn’t going to have to move is a better idea than one that does move, but the reality is that a lot people are into Tiny House living partly to b...

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

How to choose a home-building contractor

...onstruction - 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

Concrete floors and timber frame as thermal mass
Efficient home design

The pros and cons of thermal mass in buildings

...onclusion, along with whether or not you have a wood stove as a backup in case of emergencies. Personally, I like thermal mass in a home, but that's my just my preference. So don't sweat it too much either way, it's just another variable worth considering when designing a home.

Insulating crawlspaces as part of home renovation
Crawl spaces

How to insulate crawlspaces properly as part of renovating an older home

...on to spray foam. Building codes change and can vary by region, so confirm this locally, but currently The National Building Code in Canada for example allows foam insulation without fire protection on crawlspace walls that are less than 5 feet in height. An additional option, for walls only, that you can do yourself...

Condensation on windows in our homes - why is it there? - how to stop it?
Walls and Roofs

Condensation on windows is a pain but is it a problem & how to stop it?

...ondensation running down the windows: Condensation won't disappear on its own Condensation is potentially detrimental to health as it allows for mold and mildew growth Condensation can cause damage to homes and lead to costly renovations and repairs So, the question is – what should we do about condensation...

How to Build a Passive Solar Home with EcoHome, the Green Building Resource
Passive solar home design

Passive solar home construction

...onstruction here This is the first in a series of videos on passive solar home construction, we begin with passive solar design basics, orienting the future house on the site to take full advantage of the free heat available from the sun while keeping it cool with natural shading in the summer. See more about Solar...

Solariums in cold climates won't heat homes unless carefully designed and built
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

Solariums in cold climates won't heat your home

...on the configuration of a specific solarium, it may often be difficult to maintain a comfortable living temperature without a supplementary heat source and a well insulated slab on grade foundation . Winter nights: depending on the amount of thermal mass in the room (stone, masonry, brick, etc.) to act as a thermal b...

Passively-heated off-grid LEED Gold home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Off-grid living blog part 6 - energy modeling projections and real performance

...only came about because of our relatively last-minute decision to seek LEED certification. One requirement of the LEED process is to do an evaluation of the energy efficiency of a home, and this includes a fairly complete description of the building's size, orientation, insulation, electrical appliances, etc. Using a...