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Slab on grade for a Passive Solar LEED Home insulated by Rockwool © Ecohome
Insulation and soundproofing

Insulating below slab-on-grade floors

...slab-on-grade foundations Why insulate under a slab on grade foundation? For comfort, and to save money, that's why! In many areas Building Code has fallen behind common sense on what specification of insulation to use under a slab , It is common to install as little as R5 insulation below slab floors, making that ab...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...slab-on-grade waiting for vapour barrier installation © Ecohome Floating slab / Monolithic slab: The term floating slab refers to a two-stage slab construction, where footings are individually poured, and the centre floor of the slab is poured after footings have cured. The forms of a monolithic slab are design...

Slab-on-grade for Ecohome's upcoming video building guide
Passive solar home design

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

...slab-on-grade (or frost-protected shallow foundation), the following is a step-by-step walk though of a thickened-edge slab floor we built. XPS or EPS high-density foam is typically used under concrete slab floors, in this case we used Rockwool mineral fiber insulation ( formerly known as Roxul) . Note: Engineers at ...

Radon and vapour barrier below slab on grade floor
Healthy indoor air quality

Vapour / radon barriers below slab floors

...SLAB ON GRADE FOUNDATION CONSTRUCTION Polyethylene barriers below slab floors serve two purposes - to prevent moisture from wicking into concrete and disbursing it into homes, also to create a radon barrier. Radon gas occurs naturally in the soil, a result of decomposing uranium in the ground. So it's everywhere, b...

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 designs. This page is about how to build a thickened edge concrete slab on grade FPSF footing on soil with a high water table to prevent frost heave, by first installing drainage below the slab. Related slab on grade foundation pages: Slab-on-grade technical guide Building a thickened edge slab on grade wi...

Slab on grade or a foundation and basement?
Foundation choices

Choosing between a slab-on-grade or a foundation and 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 & a crawl space? A slab on grade, or ‘frost protected shallow foundation’ is exactly that, a slab of concrete on the ground. There’s more to it of course, but let’s start with a ‘win’ in the comprehension department shall we? A slab on grade rests directly on the ground, and a crawl space on the other...

Slab on Grade

Finishing the exterior of an insulated slab-on-grade floor

...slab exterior. To learn more about Slab on Grade foundations enjoy the EcoHome Video Guide for a Slab on Grade Foundation with Solar Powered Radiant Heating , or discover many more articles about Design, Insulation, Forming, Heating & Pouring of Slab on Grade by Clicking HERE or join the debate about which insulation...

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 and a crawl space? A slab on grade, or ‘frost protected shallow foundation’ is exactly that, a slab of concrete on the ground. There’s more to it of course, but let’s start with a ‘win’ in the comprehension department shall we? A slab on grade rests directly on the ground, and a crawl space on the oth...

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

DIY radiant floor tubing installation video

...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 pages.

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

...slab-on-grade ) that are heated with air rather than liquid. There are many advantages to air-heated radiant floors over hydronic radiant floors , but none greater than the ability to inject solar-heated air into the thermal battery which is the concrete slab floor. Passive Solar air-heated radiant floor slab on gr...