Surface drain / Guides

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

...Drain placement for slab on grade with high water table Drain placing with gravel and geotextile under a slab on grade foundation Placing gravel for draining slab on grade with high water table A raft slab acts a bit like a snowshoe in the way it distributes weight evenly over a larger surface. For this...

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 the temperature of the glass should come from having a third pane of glass, well-insulated frames and gas-filled chambers between panes. Relative Humidity (RH) ...

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 to a lower level. If that is not possible it should be connected to a sump pump. Cover the French drain with a layer of crushed stone, then cover it with a geo...

How to insulate basements properly
Insulation and soundproofing

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction

...drain easily, and weeping tile drains should be covered with a geotextile membrane to prevent clogging. The inclusion of a clean-out junction in weeping tiles can allow for easy long term maintenance. Foundation perimeter surface drain © Ecohome A surface drain can be a valuable added measure ...

Permeable interlock pavers & paving stones
Permeable laneways and patios

Water-permeable landscaping surfaces

...surface that will stay flat, you need to do a really good job on the drainage layers below. So it's maybe best to hire a professional if you don't have experience yourself and if you're picky about having a really uniform final product. Proper drainage and a level base are essential for attaining an even final surface....

Natural swimming pool design (NSP) for eco homes
Natural swimming pools and ponds

Natural ponds and natural swimming pools

...surface of the water. Cover the pond surface with a net to prevent the accumulation of leaves and debris Dismantle and drain filtration systems and pumps. Comparing cost - natural swimming pools vs. chlorinated pools: Some will tell you it costs more, some will tell you it costs less . Design and complexity wil...

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 accumulates in a wall assembly has a chance to escape. There in a nutshell is the purpose of a weather barrier - to provide a drainage plane that protects sensi...

Slab-on-grade for Ecohome's upcoming video building guide
Slab on Grade

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

...drains in the floor, but for sink and bathtub drains that you will not see, you can make your life a lot easier if you don't encase them in the concrete. Either build a wooden form around the drain pipes or even just cut a hole in a bucket and stick it over top. This way the drain will have a little play, making it muc...

Swimming Pool Heating - Save energy & money & be Eco-friendly as possible Tips
Natural swimming pools and ponds

Heating a Swimming Pool - Top 10 Cost-Efficient & Eco-friendly ways to heat a pool

...surface area of the pool. A flat, tranquil swimming pool will have a water surface area equal to the physical dimensions of the pool. Ripples and waves on the pool increase the surface area of the water exposing more of the surface to the colder air on all but the hottest days, but also accelerate the losses from evapo...

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 excavation so high water tables are not a problem, and they can also eliminate the need for a costly soil remediation. We recently built our new Wakefield concept...

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 reduces noise transfer in those locations. Project credits Architect HCMA Architecture + Design Construction Bernhardt Contracting Photos Ryan Hamilton ...