Soil gas / Guides

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

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 Re...

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...

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 replacemen...

Natural gas fireplace
Heating with gas and oil

Heating with natural gas

...gas, but unfortunately some very destructive ones as well. On the bright side, there are biogas projects underway that are harnessing methane escaping from la...

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 in Home s, now be sure to read about Removing Radon gas from Crawlspaces & Basements , Removing Radon Gas from Well Water , and Choosing Between The Differe...

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 conditions Raft slabs on poor soil conditions to avoid excavating and soil remediation The following is a technical guide for slab-on-grade home cons...

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...

Non-toxic building materials can improve home air quality
Healthy indoor air quality

Maintaining healthy indoor air quality

...gas Radon gas is a relatively unknown household danger. Of the people that have heard of it, not many realize the severity of health effects associated with i...

“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 f...

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...

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

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

...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 sl...

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