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Low-rise building foundations: the influence of trees in clay soils

Series/doc. No Digest Digest 298
Year 1999
Abstract Soil shrinkage caused by the removal of water by trees and other vegetation can result in foundation subsidence. Soil swelling caused by the recovery of moisture following tree removal can result in foundation heave. This digest gives simple design guidance on minimising these effects in clay soils and points to some dangers in current foundation practice.
History Should be read in conjunction with Digests 240, 241, 251 and 412.
ISBN 9781860812781
Subject(s) Building structure
Building foundations/ground floors
Special subject areas
Damage/deterioration/corrosion
Root damage
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Publisher BRE
Publisher History IHS BRE Press is the publisher for the Building Research Establishment (BRE). Their activities include research, consultancy, training and certification. They publish a range of reports, information papers, guides, digests, and case studies covering all aspects of construction.
Table Of Contents
Trees, clay, climate and ground movement 1
Proximity of trees to buildings 2
Trees in relation to existing and new foundations 4
New tree planting and existing trees 5
Preventing heave damage to trench fill foundations 6
References and further reading 8


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