The price of housing continues to rise, but people are still demanding more square feet of livable space. The least expensive way of generating more livable space is to finish the basement. Basements have a reputation as being cold and damp, but with today’s construction methods and technology, this is no longer true.
The concrete basement walls also provide an excellent retreat when storms or other natural disasters threaten. You won’t find a more durable form of construction than a poured concrete wall basement.
The tools provided below will further explain the technical aspects of concrete foundations and provide valuable references to better understand the advantages and performances.
Benefits | Benefits of Poured Wall Concrete Foundation Construction
Poured concrete walls provide builders and owners with stronger, drier, better basements.
Room to Grow | Advantages of Lower Level Living
Poured concrete foundations and basements create a Lower Level Living space that is both functional and livable.
Code References | TN-001 – Using ACI 332 with the IRC
The two major consensus standards that cover residential concrete construction are discussed in this document including the potential benefits of using them together. This simplified reference enables a concrete foundation contractor in a jurisdiction that has adopted the IRC to discuss and demonstrate the provisions of ACI 332 for the design of residential foundation systems. Primary advantages include the prescriptive tables that offer greater flexibility for detailing footings and foundation walls with broader recognition for plain structural concrete with concrete strengths ranging from 2500 psi to 4500 psi and wall heights up to 10 feet in height – a considerably wider range than IRC tables allow. Additional discussion for key detailing issues left out of consideration or direction for the IRC like brick ledge, wall jumps, etc.
Structural | TN-008 – Residential_concrete_design
The majority of concrete residential foundation walls by code can be constructed without vertical reinforcement. When reinforcement is required however, current codes call for excessive reinforcement. The information contained in this CFA Technical Note is intended to serve as a guide to assist in the interpretation of more realistic design requirements for the design of traditional one and two family dwelling units.
Backfilling | TN-002 – Backfilling Foundation Walls (v.05-2008)
Backfilling a basement foundation wall is one of the most important processes to protect the integrity of the wall design. Understanding the conditions assumed for the foundation and proceeding with caution will ensure a lifetime of quality performance. Proceeding carelessly and without regard for the soil condition or the structural principals may result in the development of long term problems.
Troubleshooting | TN-004 – Cracking in Foundation Walls (v.08-2008)
The Concrete Foundations Association offers Technical Note 004 to help contractors educate their customers about the causes of cracks and when they should be a concern. This document is also designed for the general public to understand the issues of cracking and be able to assess when cracks are natural and superficial versus significant enough to warrant concern or attention.
Cold Weather Practices | TN-003 – Casting Residential Foundation Walls In Cold Weather (v.09-2008)
Technical Note 003 was produced to communicate the practical guidance for operating under cold weather conditions for residential concrete to the general industry. As a primary reference, information in this document substantiates the difference between air and concrete temperature and identifies the characteristics of performance concrete specific to quality concreting during the winter seasons. This document provides reference to the code statements for cold weather concrete applications in residential foundation construction as well as direction to the relevant research and recommended practice documents that exist.