Surface drain / 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

...DRAINAGE under Slab on Grade Foundations: At the bottom of the foundation drainage trench, install rigid French drain piping (weeping tile) that can drain t...

Exterior damp proofing and drainage mat to protect basements from wate
Insulation and soundproofing

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction

...surface drain © Ecohome A surface drain can be a valuable added measure of protection, as seen above on the interior and exterior insulation diagram ....

Permeable interlock pavers & paving stones
Permeable laneways and patios

Water-permeable landscaping surfaces

...surface will be sealed. With permeable surfaces that sand can wash through to the layers below. You may be best to stick with stones at this point, if you plan ...

Multi Unit Passive House design Vancouver Island BC
Passive House

The North Park Passive House on Vancouver Island, BC

...drain pipes were used to minimize the sound of drain water. Double-stud party walls acoustically separate the suites, and “Quiet Rock” drywall in stairwells red...

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

...drainage, soil replacement and compaction before an engineer will approve a project. The photos below are images of drainage measures that were required to su...

Skylights can be problematic in a high performance home
Windows and doors

Are skylights an asset or a liability?

...surface , warming that surface reduces the amount of moisture that will condense on it. Don't mistake that for meaning heat up there is a good thing; raising th...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Crawl spaces

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

...surface instead of resting on an edge-loaded footing, so the risk of differential settlement or shifting is greatly reduced. A raft slab requires almost no ex...

Tyvek home wrap left exposed to wind and UV rays
Air and vapour barriers

Choosing the right house wrap / weather barrier, which is best?

...drain down a water-resistive barrier but standing water would drain through them, albeit slowly. Since moisture can evaporate through WRBs, any humidity that ac...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Foundations and Basements

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...surface instead of resting on an edge-loaded footing, so the risk of differential settlement or shifting is greatly reduced. A raft slab requires almost no ex...

Rain barrels for storm water management and rainwater harvesting
Rainwater Collection & Watering

Introduction to rainwater harvesting

...drain. In some cities, storm drains are connected to the sewage treatment plant and heavy rains can cause them to overflow, sending raw and partially treated se...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...surface on which living space is built, compared to a slab which is ready for construction. * A home built on a slab-on-grade has a lower risk of flood damage...