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Geotechnics, soils and foundations


Contaminated land and brownfield sites

Ground investigation and treatment

Soils and foundations

Basement construction and waterproofing
This Good Building Guide discusses one of the main challenges when designing a basement: preventing water or water vapour ingress. The focus is on dampness due to penetration of groundwater, sometimes complicated by rising damp. Part 1 outlines the principles of constructing a waterproof basement. Part 2 describes the main methods for perimeter construction with advice on safety, insulation and services. GG72 

Basement construction and waterproofing
This Good Building Guide discusses one of the main challenges when designing a basement: preventing ingress of water or water vapour. The focus is on dampness due to penetration of groundwater, sometimes complicated by rising damp. This first part outlines the principles of constructing a waterproof basement. The second part describes the main methods for perimeter construction with advice on safety, insulation and services. GG72/1 

Basement construction and waterproofing
This Good Building Guide discusses one of the main challenges when designing a basement: preventing water or water vapour ingress. The focus is on dampness due to penetration of groundwater, sometimes complicated by rising damp. This part describes the main methods for perimeter construction with advice on safety, insulation and services. The first part outlines the principles of constructing a waterproof basement. GG72/2 

Geotechnics for building professionals
Foundations affect how the main structure of a building behaves and can be a major factor in determining whether or not it performs satisfactorily in the long term. Decisions about foundations for low-rise buildings are often made by people who have only limited understanding of the engineering of the ground: this book has been written for such people and their professional advisors, including architects, surveyors, loss adjusters, planners, insurance underwriters and property developers. BRE has published guidance over a number of years on various aspects of foundations for low-rise buildings, and ’Geotechnics for building professionals’ brings together this guidance into a single unified format and approach. It gives an overview of ground behaviour and geotechnics, but focuses on shallow foundations for low-rise buildings. The first five chapters of the book cover regulations and legislation for foundations and contaminated land, types of ground, soil behaviour and ground assessment. Two chapters focus on foundation design and foundations on difficult ground. Brownfield land and ground treatment are then discussed, and the last three chapters deal with foundation movement and damage, remedial treatment and underpinning, and ancillary works (hardcore, soakaways, drains, small embankments, small retaining walls, freestanding walls). The book includes numerous illustrations, an extensive glossary of terms, over 300 references and a comprehensive index. BR473 

Pruning trees to reduce water use
Certain tree species on shrinkable clay soils can increase the risk of subsidence by removing water from the ground. This leads to the clay in the ground shrinking which, in turn, destabilises house foundations - particularly shallow fouindations. This BRE information paper summarises the findings of research over five years by East Malling Research and the University of Cambridge to assess if soil drying by tree roots could be controlled by two branch pruning, crown thinning and crown reduction, and by root restriction Comments and recommendations are made about the effectiveness of the three techniques, and the implications for managing trees in shrinkage-susceptible soils. IP7/06 

Soils, ground investigation and foundations pack
A valuable reference library of BRE Digests, Good Building Guides, Good Repair Guides and Information papers on soils, ground investigation and foundations. One of a series of 19 compilations of BRE expert guidance and advice and presented in an attractive ring binder for ease of use. Exceptional value. Features / Benefits Exceptional value 44 BRE publications compiled into a single binder Forms an easy to use library of key information and guidance Readership Construction professionals  AP264