Foundations General precautions The purpose of foundations is to support the building and prevent the building from sinking into the ground

Foundations

General precautions

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The purpose of foundations is to support the building and prevent the building from sinking into the ground, or from rising in the event of overturning or lifting forces, or from breaking if there is unequal settlement. The designer and the builder should therefore know what the ground itself can support with what type of footing. Limestone can support more load than clay and silts.

In the islands represented by participants to this workshop there are many different types of soil on which buildings have to be placed. Building inspectors should therefore pay a site visit to the lot on which the house is to be constructed to see and judge the type of soil which has to support the building safely. This will allow the inspector to judge whether the footing proposed by the designer will be adequate.

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