Basic Residential Foundation Design, Construction, and Energy Conservation Details
George E. Thomas, PE
This course provides general background and introduction to foundation design issues, explains the practical and economic advantages of good foundation design, discusses the considerations that affect choosing a foundation type, ways to control radon and other hazards and how to apply energy efficiency to foundation design.
This course includes
a multiple choice quiz at the end,
is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.
which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.
At the conclusion of this course, the student will:
Architects, Engineers, Residential Designers, and Builders
Benefit to Attendees
The information gained from this course will allow for the engineer to design energy efficient and cost efficient residential foundations.
The foundation of a house is a somewhat invisible and sometimes ignored component of the building. It is increasingly evident that attention to good foundation design and construction has significant benefits to the homeowner and the builder, and can avoid some serious future problems. Good foundation design and construction practice means not only insulating to save energy, but also providing effective structural design as well as moisture, termite, and radon control techniques.
In this lesson, you are required to download and study the following course content in PDF format:
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The purpose of this course is to provide information that will enable architects and engineers to understand foundation design problems and solutions. Section provides the general background and introduction to foundation design issues, explains the practical and economic advantages of good foundation design. Before proceeding with solving design and problems, there must be a basic decision about the type of foundation to be used, basement, crawl space, or slab-on-grade. Sections discuss the considerations that affect choosing a foundation type. While many aspects of foundation design and construction are known to some extent, there is one major concern that is relatively new, controlling radon. Sections present potentially major health hazards and control techniques for energy, moisture, termites and radon.
Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.