The function of a residential foundation is to support the structure. The majority of foundations constructed in Texas consist of shallow, stiffened and reinforced slab-on-ground foundations. Many are placed on expansive clays and/or fills. Foundations placed on expansive clays and/or fills have an increased potential for movement and resulting distress. National building codes have general guidelines, which may not be sufficient for the soil conditions and construction methods in the State of Texas. The purpose of this course is to present recommended practice for the design of residential foundations to augment current building codes to help reduce foundation related problems. Where the recommendations in this course vary from published methods or codes, the differences represent the experience and judgment of the majority of the committee members.
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