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, and to build a frost protected shallow foundation easily in cold climates. 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 exten…

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

NAHB finds Slab on Grade Foundations are Most Popular in 2020

Home foundation trends in 2020 are encouraging for sustainability as slab on grade wins

The National Association of Home Builders just completed a study of home foundation trends for 2020 in the US, and the results were both surprising and encouraging! Slab on grade foundations are a clear winner. It's slab on grade foundations for the win! The NAHB study showed that 65% of new single-family home starts…

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…

Advice

What experience do you have with techno piles?

Posted by Rob DesBaillets Aug. 26, 2021, 8:49 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 0 Responses

What is the best way to install slab on grade insulation?

Posted by paul fowler Aug. 26, 2021, 8:29 p.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

What is the best flood prevent system for a home?

Posted by Dawn Wlezien July 15, 2021, 10:30 p.m. Waterproofing and drainage 2 Responses

What type of insulation can I put on my kitchen floor that sits on dirt?

Posted by Mohammed Hussain June 30, 2021, 3:32 p.m. Crawl spaces 0 Responses

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 2 Responses