Basements & Slab-On-Grade

Foundations, slab on grade and durable basement finishing

Guide

Frost Heave Prevention Helps Stop Frost Heaving Breaking up Home Foundations

What causes Frost Heave? Preventing frost heaving is down to good foundation design

Frost heaving of home foundations, basements, decks & garden walls in cold climates can cause issues - especially in clay soils that hold water - Ecohome built to prevent frost heave recently, here's what we did. Frost protected foundations - essential in cold climates Protecting homes and buildings in cold climates f…

Gabion walls can be used for building homes

Gabion Walls - what is a gabion cage & how to build with them?

Gabion cage walls can add thermal mass to homes without adding significantly to the carbon footprint of a home like concrete can. Gabion walls are retaining walls built by stacking stone in a gabion cage or gabion basket that can serve many purposes but are most often used to create tiered or leveled ground in gardens…

Why basements flood and how to prevent that with a sump pump

Why Basements Flood & How to Prevent Flooded Basements

Basements flood, full stop. As a hole in the ground similar to a swimming pool, once all is done to stop water getting in, we then need to remove any water with a sump pump, a sump pump battery backup & maybe a sump pump alarm to stop basements flooding. Spring flooding of basements is very common and most times can b…

Low Carbon Concrete - Lowering the Carbon Footprint of Eco Homes

Low-carbon concrete by CarbonCure Canada - lowering the carbon footprint of buildings

Producing cement for concrete results in high levels of CO2 output and is the third ranking cause of man-made CO2 in the world after transport & energy generation. Low-Carbon Concrete is needed for Building Green Homes. Low-carbon concrete - "green" cement at last?  One of the most essential and commonly-used buildin…

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

One of the first decisions when building a home is what type of foundations to sit your home on - cold-climates, termites, problem expansive clay soils, insulation & vapor & radon barriers all need to be considered. What is the difference between a slab on grade & a crawl space? A slab on grade, or ‘frost protected sh…

Reduced carbon concrete Patio blocks and CMU

Reducing emissions with CO² cured-concrete

This type of concrete reduces the carbon emissions by 70%, fuel consumption by 30% and water use by 80%. A new cement block manufacturing process developed by an American company named Solidia Technologies® produces 40% fewer emissions during manufacturing than conventional concrete, resulting in a dramatically lower…

Insulating crawlspaces as part of home renovation

How to insulate crawlspaces properly as part of renovating an older home

Crawlspaces are becoming rare for new home construction in USA & Canada. If you've got a crawls space with damp, mold, odor & cold issues, here's how to insulate it properly to fix it permanently & have a more comfortable home. Crawlspace insulation - be careful to get it right A crawlspace comes with all the downside…

Prefab frost-protected shallow foundation insulated form kit

Raft slabs - How to build Insulated Frost Protected shallow foundations (FPSF) on problem soils

How to build on sites with expansive soils, high water tables and poor bearing capacity. The soil conditions of some building sites are not suitable for a slab-on-grade foundation with a thickened-edge footing without first beginning with extensive and costly soil remediation. Opting for a raft slab in such conditions…

How to Fasten Cement Board Facing to slab on grade insulation

Finishing the exterior of an insulated slab-on-grade floor

Insulating the exteriors of basements and slabs leaves you with needed to finish the exterior. In this video you see an easy fix to have the exterior surface secured by set concrete, while avoiding any thermal bridges in the process. WATCH MORE sustainable building VIDEOS Once a decision has been made to choose betwe…

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

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

How to build a slab-on-grade with a thickened edge on standard soil. There are many ways to build a slab-on-grade (or frost-protected shallow foundation), the following is a step-by-step walk though of a thickened-edge slab floor we built. XPS or EPS high-density foam is typically used under concrete slab floors, in t…

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide

Slab-on-grade technical guide

A slab-on-grade home or building is more affordable, more comfortable and more Eco-friendly. Here is a technical guide & design guide for construction of a slab on grade foundation. Slab-On-Grade Construction - Technical Guide   Deciding to build your home with a slab-on-grade foundation instead of a conventional base…

News

CarbonCure low carbon footprint ready mix concrete

Two startups cutting emissions from the use of concrete have won the $20 million Carbon Xprize.

Ecohome encourage anyone building with some ready mix concrete to check if there is a local supplier of CarbonCure to help reduce the carbon footprint of your build. A while back Ecohome was pleased to find and report on some upcoming technologies that were producing Low-carbon and carbon-neutral concrete. Buildings…

Building with ICF in California Wildfire Zone - Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity - building durable homes in California wildfire zones from ICF

Build with Strength is partnering with Habitat for Humanity International to supply the concrete for affordable and sustainable housing in 16 locations across the U.S. Due to the significant amount of greenhouse gas emissions that come with the production of Portland cement, Ecohome has long promoted alternatives to c…

Carbon negative concrete CMU blocks

Carbon negative concrete goes into pioneering “green” CMU blocks – Quebec leads the way!

Carbon negative concrete CMU blocks, available soon across North Eastern America & Canada, a huge step forward & a significant impact to the carbon dioxide production of a standard cinder block or concrete masonry unit. Production just started in Quebec of a ground-breaking CMU block that is carbon-negative, thanks to…

Trane Technologies Plans to Cut Product Carbon Emissions in Half by 2030

Trane Technologies Plans to Cut Product Carbon Emissions in Half by 2030

Trane Technologies recently announced plans to cut its product carbon emissions by nearly 50% by 2030, supporting the Paris Agreement goal of Net-Zero Emissions by 2050, and having these claims validated independently. Cutting product emissions in half over the next decade supports Trane Technologies’ 2030 Sustainabil…

Advice

Can you jack up a cottage and build a slab on grade underneath it?

Posted by William Rae June 6, 2021, 12:23 p.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

Why insulate the walls rather than the floor joists in a crawlspace?

Posted by Ron Monk June 2, 2021, 9:31 p.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

Which insulation should I use under my cottage?

Posted by denis maurier May 3, 2021, 11:14 a.m. Crawl spaces 3 Responses

Can you leave a Legalett slab in winter in Canada without the heat on?

Posted by Gamog Cladhaire April 29, 2021, 9:06 a.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

What thickness of insulation and concrete do you recommend in a floating slab?

Posted by Marc-Andre Roy April 21, 2021, 7:38 a.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

What is the best method of building a slab on grade?

Posted by Jay Law April 19, 2021, 3:09 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Should I put gravel on a crawl space floor for drainage?

Posted by Karen Lundgren Foulk April 12, 2021, 9:43 p.m. Crawl spaces 0 Responses