PHRC Webinars

Frost Protected Shallow Foundations In Pennsylvania

2/14/2017 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Instructor: Brian Wolfgang (PHRC)


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Frost protected shallow foundations are an economically feasible alternative to traditional foundation construction in Pennsylvania, yet they require special attention to structural and insulation detailing. This webinar will explore what a frost-protected shallow foundation looks like in PA, discuss the code requirements that allow for the construction of these foundation systems, and will examine the design considerations that drive the design and construction of these systems.

Learning Objectives

  1. Examine existing code requirements related to foundations, including prescriptive requirements for frost protected shallow foundations.
  2. Analyze the differences between conventional foundations and frost protected shallow foundations as it relates to the building enclosure and overall durability.
  3. Understand the material and product options available in order to provide a structurally sound frost protected shallow foundation.
  4. Discuss specific scenarios in Pennsylvania when frost protected shallow foundations may be utilized, analyzing the feasibility and cost effectiveness of each approach.


Free to attend; $20 for continuing education credits

Credit Hours

1.0 L&I Contact Hour, 1.0 PDH, 1.0 AIA LU|HSW, 1.0 ICC Contact Hour (0.1 CEU), 1.0 NARI hour/CEU

Tags: Foundations



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