Ventilated Building Foundations in Greenland

by R.H. Williams,

Serial Information: Journal of the Construction Division, 1959, Vol. 85, Issue 2, Pg. 23-36

Document Type: Journal Paper


In permafrost areas soil supports foundations of structures only if permafrost can be prevented from thawing; use of air vents in foundation slab connected with ventilating stacks to secure necessary heat removal; alternative solution is excavation and backfilling with non frost-susceptible materials; factors influencing soil conditions; illustrations show typical constructions used.

Subject Headings: Permafrost | Soil properties | Foundations | Construction materials | Freeze and thaw | Ventilation | Slabs | Backfills | Greenland | Denmark

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