Slab-on-grade construction / Guides

The Affordable Architect-Designed Modern Green prefab 2 Bed kit home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed modern Green prefab 2 bed kit home

...construction Find more about green home construction in the EcoHome Green Building Guide or to learn more about the benefits of a free Ecohome Network Membership, see here .

Choosing a building lot
Excavation

Things to look for when purchasing land for building a house

...slab-on-grade , raft-slabs or screw piles . If a lot can only handle alternative building types, then that should be reflected in the asking price and if it isn't, it should be reflected in your offer. Contacting a local geotechnical engineer would be wise as they might have knowledge and experience with regional issue...

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

...construction. Not only is it a great wall system for new green home building incorporating a double-stud wall design but it is also ideal for deep energy refit high-efficiency renovations of existing home walls. It is a popular wall assembly for Passive House Certification as with attention to detail on air sealing i...

Renovate, Remodel or Rebuild? How to choose which is Best for Homes
Wall assemblies - renovation

Should I be renovating my home or tearing it down & rebuilding?

...Slab-on-grade: New super-insulated slab-on-grade foundations are our favourite way to build, but old ones that are not properly built can be difficult and expensive to upgrade. Houses built on slabs are a fairly new concept so there are not that many out there done poorly, but they do exist. A minimally-insulated concr...

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...

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

Resilient design features for new home construction

...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 events, or a la...

Moving to the Countryside - How to make it Work
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Moving to the countryside? Here's how that can work...

...construction of countless high-performance site-built homes as well as LEED and Passive House-ready Prefab Kit homes , prefab houses can be more affordable and more energy efficient than site-built homes for a number of reasons. The Low Carbon LEED Platinum Certified S1600 Eco Home prefab kit house First, build...

How to Build With Less Wood for Best Performance
Wood and organic materials

How to build high performance homes with less lumber

...construction and choosing sustainable and healthy building materials in the pages below and in the Ecohome Green Building Guide pages . How to design a home for thermal comfort and energy efficiency The best lumber choices for timber frame construction homes Are high efficiency homes worth the extra c...

Insulated Radiant Floor ICF Foam Forms Heated with Air
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

Air-heated radiant floor slab foam forming systems

...slab-on-grade floor © Ecohome You can see a Video Guide on How to Install Hydronic Radiant Heated Floor Tubing HERE Alternatively, you can heat floors with electric wires and this is often the most affordable after-market solution for happier feet. Even in new homes with forced-air heating, electrically-h...

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum certified home - The Edelweiss House
LEED Homes

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum house - An EcoHome project checklist

...construction: Single-family New home PSI rating: 15 kWh / m² Method of calculation: measured post-occupancy One of Edelweiss's most impressive attributes is its extremely low energy demands and operating costs. Energy-modeling software predicts that the house will use an average of 24.6kwh of electricity per day,...

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

Tiny Houses - Living in Cold Climates

...construction. Ben's Tiny House Plans: A Having done a 3D computer model of the building shape made it possible to use the CNC machine at Carleton University (computer numerical control), an automated mill that cut the plywood wall components to an accuracy of within 1 mm, and allowed pieces to be friction fit...