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Subsidence damage to domestic buildings <B>(Downloadable version)</B>

ARCHIVED - Subsidence damage to domestic buildings (Downloadable version)

by R M C Driscoll & M S Crilly (01-Jan-2000)

Book Description


Whilst this publication can still be purchased some of the information in it has been superseded by more recent research and standards. The BRE Group does not accept any responsibility whatsoever for any loss or damage, including - without limitation - indirect or consequential loss or damage arising from use, or loss of use, of data or profits arising out of, or in connection with, the use of this document.

A review of the information available on the many components of the problem - highlighting advice when dealing with subsidence, and providing "best practice" in the design of new buildings where subsidence could be a problem. The publication provides a comprehensive examination of subsidence damage to domestic buildings.

It includes:
  • An evaluation of the fundamental technical issues of: soils, trees, climate change, foundations and buildings
  • Guidance on dealing with cases of damage and subsidence - including causes, diagnosis, remedies and prevention
  • Socio-economic factors and insurance cover
  • Future technical developments - by way of alternative forms of house construction and remedial treatment
  • List of references
  • Annex A Tree risk rankings
  • Annex B Blank damage report form used for BRE's subsidence database.
"Subsidence damage to domestic buildings" does not aim to provide a solution - slight movement of houses on foundations is inevitable, as a direct result of seasonal changes in the moisture content of soils. However, the information given will ensure movements associated with shrinkage and swelling are reduced to levels that can be tolerated by the building.

26 pages plus 4-page report form.
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