Ecokit house was designed to be erected quickly but if you have ever prepared a concrete slab or footings then you know this process is time consuming hard work. So we’ve set to find a “no digging holes, no pouring concrete and no waiting for it to set” solution!

And indeed we have found a sustainable, cost-effective alternative to traditional foundations: The almighty ground screw!

Ground screw installation is a low impact, vibration free process, as well as being completely and easily removable. Installation and removal have minimum impact on the landscape. The screws are made from over 75% recycled steel.

Safe, robust, and uncomplicated, you simply screw the footing into the ground, place the post or pole into the footing, tighten the bolts and walk away. Job done!

Lifted to reduce its footprint
If the house needs to be placed on a slope, the construction can be lifted above the natural terrain, minimising its environmental impact.

This innovative foundation solution reduced waste, CO2 emissions and the overall environmental impact. The type of materials used is of low carbon emission, with low grey energy production and greenhouse effect.

Our recommended ground screws have significant advantages over traditional concreting methods. A revolutionary innovation in modern foundation construction, ground screws simplify planning and implementation throughout the construction process, delivering safer, quicker and more affordable building, as well as economic and environmental benefits.

The ground screw foundation replaces the process of excavation, concreting and refilling, with minimal disruption at the construction site during installation. Since the ground screw requires no earthworks or concrete pouring, transportation costs and logistical challenges are also reduced.

The soil structure and vegetation remain largely untouched and the soil remains unsealed, so the foundation can be removed cleanly at a later dates if required.

Benefits of ground screw

  • Flexible and efficient, the ground screw can be used as a foundation for a variety of permanent or portable ground mounted applications. The ground screw is suitable for both granular and cohesive soil types.
  • Unbeatable construction times, with top precision: the ground screw is installed using a number of different aids and machinery. It is driven into the ground at the exact point in a matter of minutes.
  • Concrete-free innovation: no digging, excavation, wet trades, or curing time, which means no wait, and no delays!
  • Proven technology – the ground screw foundation has been used for over 10 years across Europe. Our recommended ground screw provides a guarantee of 20 years and have been successfully tested to 30 years’ lifetime in the ground, with an overall life span of up to 50 years.

Ground screw foundations is not a part of ecokit house – some people might prefer to put their house on concrete slab or concrete footings. However we recommend using ground screws and are able to offer a competitive price for ecokit buyers.

Because the installation of ground screws will differ for every land, a soil test must be provided first to determine if this solutions is suitable to your application.

Ground screws foundation is one of our many add-on packages for the ecokit home.

Let us know what do you think of this innovative concrete footings alternative.

Camilla

About Camilla

My enthusiasm for changing lifestyles, determination to change the world, devotion to a positive change of any kind, love of innovative ideas and desire to always push the boundaries organically came together eventually - and so ecokit was born. Now I am proud to be doing what I enjoy and love - helping people to fulfill their dreams of living in a healthy, happy home.

12 Comments

  • shar-la says:

    awesome! what a great idea! Hope the cost can be in my budget!

    • Camilla says:

      Hi Shar-la,

      the cost is comparable with concrete footings in most cases (depending on the quality of soil) and the area you would like to build (unfortunately this is not a DIY option, so trained installers have to come to your land). We will be offering a free quote based on the customer’s soil report with every purchase of ecokit house!

  • Mario Bonnici says:

    HI, where I need to build is a 10 on the scale regarding cyclones, how does that effect putting ground screws in ?
    Regards Mario

    • Camilla says:

      Hi Mario,

      I have contacted Krinner AU with your question and will post the answer up here when I have their reply.

      Regards, Camilla

    • Camilla says:

      Hi Mario,

      here is the reply from Krinner AU:

      “Screw foundations are ideally suited for cyclonic regions due to the fact that their tension capacity by far exceed their compression capacity. We have been providing cyclone tie downs for permanent and temporary mining accommodation units (Dongas) in the North of Australia for years.”

      If you are considering to build an ecokit house in cyclonic regions, you will need to provide us with details of the prevailing ground condition/soil type on site to determine the required ground screw length.

      Camilla

  • Brian Baulch says:

    Brilliant Camilla at Ecokit homes this is certainly a leap forward in effortless innovative, less time consuming construction phase, for the housing and building industry.

  • Kay says:

    How high above the ground can you build using the ground screws?

    • Camilla says:

      Hi Kay,

      I have spoken to Krinner, there are extensions that can be added to the ground screw to make it higher if required. This would have to be confirmed by an engineer based on the soil report though. Did you have your soil report done yet?

  • baden says:

    krinner ground screw to install fence posts 65×65 shs height is 3m industrial zone d
    my opinion is about 700 to 1000 mm depth? for ground screw?
    soil is sandy clay loam
    question
    is there a hand ratchet system to install ground screw as access is 100 to 300 mm from walls

  • baden says:

    prices for ecokit houses?

  • Geoff says:

    What about surefoot anchors???
    we are looking A
    at them

  • Very interesting video. Thanks!

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