Green Building Episode 3: Concrete Slab Insulation for Energy Efficiency

This short film is Episode 3 in Peckham Architecture’s 11-part documentary series on how to construct a green building for energy efficiency and reduced carbon footprint. This episode shows how concrete slab insulation can save energy in a green building. Peckham Architecture’s LEED Platinum home headquarters is net-positive, meaning it produces more electricity than it consumes. We accomplished this in part with proper insulation of thermal bridges, or areas where energy typically escapes: concrete slab foundation, walls, doors, windows, ceiling and roof. To reduce heat transfer, we installed extruded polystyrene foam insulation beneath the concrete slab foundation.

Our headquarters is Missouri’s first Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) Certified building. This project has also been featured in the Columbia Business Times and Columbia Missourian.

To get ideas or start your own green building project, contact us today. 1-hour consultation with Peckham Architecture includes project meeting notes, cost estimate and fee proposal for $250.

NEXT: Using structural insulated panels for airtight energy savings

Green Building Episode 4: Passive House Insulation for Peak Energy Efficiency

PREVIOUSLY: Reducing greenhouse gases with a fly ash concrete slab

Green Building Episode 2: Reducing Greenhouse Gases with a Fly Ash Concrete Slab