The last week has been occupied with preparations to back fill the foundation. It’s been a long time since we first scraped back the earth to begin the excavation, but the length of time is not without good reason. The footings were complex, we installed a gravity drainage system to deal with the ground water […]
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Updates on a Few Things
It’s been a while since the last post and I was hoping to have long since reported that the ICF foundation had been poured! Alas, I cannot say so yet, but if the weather co-operates the concrete will go in on Thursday. So what has been going on since the last report? • Lots of […]
New Sign is Up – and it looks amazing!
James & I installed an excellent new site sign today. Designed by TD Graham & Associates, it will help us communicate the great features we’re building into the new home, and just what we’ll be capable of offering to others through EcoGen Build. From my perspective, it is all about enabling people to live their […]
Building an ICF Foundation
It’s been a while since the last posting, but there is finally enough ICF (Insulated Concrete Form), in place, to make it worthwhile showing. We’re off to a slow start, but we’re telling anyone who’ll believe us that it’s due to learning about the product, a small crew size and a very complex, multi-level structure. […]
We are out of the muck!
On Thursday the second load of crushed stone was slung into the foundation. This gets us closer to being ready to start laying out the concrete forms, but from a morale point of view, it also keeps our feet dryer and lighter. Two important energy-saving features have now been built into the home: • Natural […]
The House is Taking Shape!
Friday we poured (“placed”) the concrete for the footings and on Saturday we began stripping forms, cleaning up the footings and laying out for the wall forms. Feels good to have part of the permanent structure in-place. With the footings down we no longer need to walk around in the water and wet clay, with […]
Getting Ready To Pour
On Saturday, we finished placing the forms. We still need to cut and place the rebar, install pipes and conduits where they pass through the footings and reinforce the footings in some of the places where it is more vulnerable to pressures that might rupture them. We expect to be ready to pour the concrete […]
The foundation excavation is virtually complete
Chris has a hidden talent for photography – who knew! Doug Williams, of DSI Excavation in Kemptville, will cut the step-downs this morning, then we will install the drain. Next step is forming!
Today is the day!
Today is the day that EcoGen Energy embarks on its journey into building. Not just any home – Chris and Clare’s home at 732 Heritage Drive, just outside of Merrickville. This house will be built to the Passive House standard and will also include features such as: Healthy and Consistent Indoor Air Quality Environmentally-friendly materials […]
That’s Right – Our Build Begins Soon!