GENERAL INFO A building's foundation must be carefully engineered to support the weight of the structure and to coexist with its surroundings. In cold climates, foundations are susceptible to heat loss and damage from moisture, frost jacking, and other soil conditions. Many different types of foundations can work in cold climates—slab-on-grade, frost- protected shallow, post and pad, and piles, to name a few. The soil conditions, slope, and exposure of your site will determine which foundation is best for you. If you’re building on permafrost, which is found in many parts of Fairbanks, make sure to minimize ground disturbance, avoid drainage areas, and create a thermal break between your house and the ground. CCHRC has researched both conventional and innovative foundations that allow us to build on all types of ground. CCHRC ABOUT US
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