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 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...

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...

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 ...

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) ...

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....

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...

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 ...

Growing Food Indoors, Vegetables for Homes & Apartments
Food production

Food & Greens can be grown easily indoors - here's how!

...draining but doesn’t let the seeds out. A small sieve can also be used for draining. Drain the seeds after 6 or 8 hours, pour some fresh water in and give them another swirl, then drain them again. Lay the jar on a slight downward angle so no water pools in the bottom. Before the seeds have sprouted, it’s better ...

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 sewage into lakes and rivers. Other cities connect storm drains to underground creeks, and polluted water can run straight into nearby waterways and aquifers. I...

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

Natural pools 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...

Deck Construction, 10 Top Tips for Building Decks
Decks, porches and gazebos

Building a deck ? 10 Tips to make your deck last longer

...drain off rather than being retained. One thing to always bear in mind, especially if building a deck or landscaping a garden in cold climate zones and your home has a basement, is how to prevent spring thaw basement flooding - so be sure to carefully grade surfaces under decks and the deck itself away from your prop...