PHRC Webinars

Considerations for a Slab-on-Grade Foundation

2/13/2024 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET

Instructor: Darrin Wright (High-Performance Housing Specialist, PHRC)


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In this session, learn the fundamental principles, benefits, and considerations associated with using a slab-on-grade foundation for residential construction to confidently evaluate its suitability for specific construction projects. Some benefits that will be discussed when comparing slab-on-grade foundations to traditional foundations are the cost-effectiveness, ease of construction, accessibility benefits, and energy efficiency. Attendees will also be able to understand some drawbacks for slab-on-grade foundations such as limited access for utilities, moisture and radon issues, and insulation challenges.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the most common types of slab-on-grade foundations and how to determine if one is the best choice.
  2. Compare the cost-effectiveness of slab-on-grade foundations as an effective alternative to traditional foundations.
  3. Examine the pros and cons of slab-on-grade foundations when compared to traditional basements for considerations such as utility access and insulation.
  4. Review the 2018 IRC requirements for slab-on-grade foundations.


Free to attend; $20 for continuing education credit in live webinar

Credit Hours

Live Webinar: 1.0 PA L&I Contact Hour, 1.0 PA PDH for engineers, 1.0 AIA LU|HSW, 1.0 ICC Contact Hour (0.1 CEU), 1.0 NARI hour/CEU

Tags: Foundations



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