A Firm Foundation

This class examines the parameters involved in selecting various construction components from the ground and extending to the first completed floor. It is important that these choices are well thought out because the top of this assembly is the foundation for the remaining construction.

2 Hours


Provider Approval Information

  • FBPE Florida Board of Professional Engineers Provider #0009623
  • CE Broker #50-32681 Michigan Board Of Professional Engineers

Valid in states that do not issue Providership designations.

Designing foundations involves several important aspects. A thorough examination is conducted to understand how water can potentially harm the structure. Specific foundation options are carefully chosen, taking various factors into consideration. Framing components responsible for supporting the floor are determined. Strategies are put in place to effectively manage vapor drive. Insulation materials are selected to create a barrier against different climates because the subflooring acts as the primary barrier between the inside atmosphere and any space beneath it. Lastly, underlayment and finish flooring options are decided upon for the uppermost layer.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify system components in a high-performance floor assembly, such as grade, crawl space, vapor retarder, framing systems, insulation, sub-floor, underlayment and finish flooring.
  • Explain how the changing codes and evolving building materials are impacting and influencing sub-flooring system design.
  • Recognize the principles behind the vapor drive in operation below floors, and how to anticipate and prevent the movement of moisture into flooring components.
  • Differentiate between fastener types chosen and implemented to combine flooring assembly components.

Who will Benefit from this Class

  • Civil Engineers
    These engineers specialize in designing and constructing building foundations. However, other engineering disciplines may benefit from a class in building foundations, especially if their work involves aspects of structural design or construction.
  • Structural Engineers
    These engineers are directly involved in designing the structural elements of buildings, including foundations. Understanding how foundations work is crucial for ensuring the overall stability and safety of a structure.
  • Geotechnical Engineers
    Geotechnical engineers focus on the behavior of soil and rock, which is essential for foundation design. They play a key role in assessing the soil conditions at a construction site and determining the appropriate foundation type.
  • Architectural Engineers
    These professionals work on the integration of building systems, including structural and foundation elements. Understanding foundations is crucial for designing buildings that are both aesthetically pleasing and structurally sound.
  • Construction Engineers
    Engineers involved in construction management and construction processes can benefit from understanding foundation construction to ensure that projects are executed correctly and meet safety standards.
  • Environmental Engineers
    While their focus is often on environmental aspects, understanding foundation construction is essential when dealing with projects that may impact the soil and water quality.
  • Mechanical Engineers
    Although not directly related to foundations, mechanical engineers involved in HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) systems, for example, might benefit from understanding the building's structure, including the foundation, to ensure proper system integration.

This course includes:

  • Virtual Access From Any Computer
  • Certificate of Completion
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