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Topics for building foundations include wood, concrete, insulating concrete forms, frost-protected shallow foundations, waterproofing, and more.

Design & Construction Guides [Back to Top]

Guides for designing and building various types of construction

Affordable Residential Construction: A Guide for Home Builders - Volume II
Alternatives to Concrete
Comfort and Quiet with Concrete Homes - Concrete Homes Technology Brief
Concrete Masonry Homes: Recommended Practices
Designing Homes Using Insulating Concrete Forms
Residential Structural Design Guide: 2000 Edition
Revised Builder's Guide to Frost Protected Shallow Foundations (FPSFs)
Tech Set 2: Durable Building Envelope
Termite Protection for Exterior Insulated Foundation Systems
The Rehab Guide, Volume 1: Foundations
Performance Reports & Case Studies [Back to Top]

Evaluation of how products and systems perform in real life applications

Case Study on the Frost-Protected Shallow Foundation Technology The decision of who can design an FPSF is usually dependent on local regulations and the building department's position.

Questions & Answers [Back to Top]

Frequently asked questions, answered by home building professionals

How do I design and build an addition using a concrete slab-on-grade foundation?
How do I get information on the Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA) Stem Wall Specifications for a double-wide trailer?
What construction practices can affect the air content of concrete?
What does the latest research say regarding problems with vapor barriers in basements?
Where can an engineer get more detailed design information on frost protected shallow foundations?

Web Links [Back to Top]

Recommended Web resources for additional information