Slab-on-grade construction / Guides

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-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 dimensions of any foundation slab will be determine...

Slab-on-grade for Ecohome's upcoming video building guide
Slab on Grade

how to build a slab-on-grade on standard soil

...slab-on-grade construction on soil that does not have a high water table and has sufficient compressive strength to carry the load of the building. For problem soils see our pages on raft slabs and building on problem soils. 1. Creating a level building surface After the land was cleared, compactable fill was broug...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...Slab-On-Grade Construction - Technical Guide Deciding to build your home with a slab-on-grade foundation instead of a conventional basement or raised crawlspace foundation can greatly reduce your environmental impact during construction , and has the potential to offer significant financial savings as well. By repl...

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...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Foundations and Basements

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...slab-on-grade construction would be laying down insulated forms, adding rebar plus mesh and then pouring concrete 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 drawback...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Crawl spaces

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

...slab-on-grade construction would be laying down insulated forms, adding rebar plus mesh and then pouring concrete 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 bac...

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

DIY radiant floor tubing installation video

...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 pages.

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

...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-grade, that does not include the standard thickened-edge fo...

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

EcoHome is in the process of building our next demonstration low-energy house , and to do so we have partnered with a company that manufactures frost-protected shallow foundations (slab-on-grade ) that are heated with air rather than liquid. There are many advantages to air-heated radiant floors over hydronic radiant ...

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

Vapour / radon barriers below slab floors

...construction that lets radon into your basement or 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 VID...

Rendering of the Ecohome demonstration house
Efficient home design

Ecohome Demo House: High performance, affordable cost

...Construction costs: The construction budget, not including excavation, septic and well is $200,000. By regional standards this is low for its size, savings realized by simplifying design features help keep costs to a minimum. A simple 2/12 single-pitch roof is low-hanging fruit as far as keeping material and labo...