Soil gas / Guides

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

Vapour / radon barriers below slab floors

...soil gas, but it is far more durable during the construction phase than the 6 mil poly. More on radon protection : Removing radon gas from well water Removing radon gas from crawlspaces & basements From the EcoHome Green Home Building Guides

Natural gas fireplace
Heating with gas and oil

Heating with natural gas

...Gas fireplace: A gas fireplace is a relatively efficient way to heat a home and it creates a nice atmosphere, but it still means having a gas supply to the home which is proven problematic. Natural Gas is being phased out in Homes As the true ramifications of using Gas in homes has become apparent, being that a sig...

Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Removing radon gas from well water

...gas in your water supply. Radon gas occurs naturally as uranium in the soil breaks down, and can seep into your home undetected as it is colourless, odourless and tasteless; it can also dissolve in well water entering your home with the water you consume. While the concept of radon gas has not yet become common kno...

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

...soil conditions (disturbed soil, expansive soils, low-bearing capacity, high water tables, etc.) may require significant investment in drainage, soil replacement and compaction before an engineer will approve a project. The photos below are images of drainage measures that were required to support a thickened-edge fo...

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

...gas concentrations, as well as techniques for radon prevention in new homes and mitigation techniques in existing homes that tested above safe levels. This page highlights the importance of Preventing Radon Gas in Home s, now be sure to read about Removing Radon gas from Crawlspaces & Basements , Removing Radon Gas f...

Why Radon maps by state or province shouldn't replace testing

Radon Levels by State & Province - Why a Radon Test is Essential

...Gas exposure is, is the fact that Radon isn't an eye-watering or sneeze-inducing gas. Unlike natural gas which is also colourless, odourless and non-toxic but can go BOOM. As a safety precaution and to enable the quick detection of a leak of natural gas, a chemical that smells like rotten eggs is added tonatural gas to...

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

...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 with normal soil conditions Raft slabs on poor soil conditions to avoid excavating and soil remediatio...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Foundations and Basements

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...soil remediation. We recently built our new Wakefield concept house on expansive clay soil, and by building a raft slab we saved money by not requiring any soil remediation. Read more about our Wakefield house solar air heated slab floor here . What’s cheaper to build – a slab on grade or a crawlspace? A slab is ch...

“The perfect lawn” comes with a very heavy environmental cost!
Landscaping

Which are the best bee-friendly & Eco-friendly alternatives to grass lawns in backyards?

...soil. With regular use, the soil is damaged and kills the microbes, real allies of the gardens. A lot of maintenance : Some people love to mow the lawn, but for the most part, this is a task that few would miss, even with gas-powered garden tools. Since most of these have two-stroke engines, that makes them serious p...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Crawl spaces

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

...soil remediation. We recently built our new Wakefield concept house on expansive clay soil, and by building a raft slab we saved money by not requiring any soil remediation. Read more about our Wakefield house solar air heated slab floor here . What’s cheaper to build – a slab on grade or crawlspace? A slab is chea...

Crawlspace radon barrier installation for radon mitigation
Radon in Homes - Mitigation

Removing radon gas from basements and crawlspaces

...Gas in Crawlspaces & Basements - why is it a problem? Radon gas was not high on the radar of builders and home owners over the last few decades , but as it is the second leading cause of lung cancer (after smoking) in the USA & Canada, it is quickly becoming a household term. Many newer homes will have radon barriers...