Ventilated Building Foundations in Greenland

by Roger H. Williams,

Serial Information: Transactions of the American Society of Civil Engineers, 1961, Vol. 126, Issue 2, Pg. 657-663

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

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