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Basics & Theory

JLC: Trenchless Excavation
Journal of Light Construction describes how a horizontal boring machine can solve tough drainage problems without damage to the landscaping. Free site registration required.
Information Sources

Grading & Excavation Contractor: Industry Magazine
Grading and Excavation Contractor magazine is the trade journal for the grading and excavation professional.
Issues & Performance

NAHB: Scopes Of Work For High Performance Buildings
US National Association of Home Builders and Building America offer detailed Scopes of Work for High Performance Buildings that cover excavation and backfill, poured concrete foundations, framing and HVAC installation. They provide descriptions of the work that a trade contractor will perform for a builder. (PDF)

Vancouver City: Geotechnical & Shoring Design, 1-2 Family Homes
City of Vancouver bulletin Geotechnical and Shoring Design, 1-2 Family Homes clarifies additional requirement for a detailed geotechnical report and shoring design for excavations in peat, liquefiable soils, and deep excavations. (PDF)

WorkSafe BC: Safety Regulations For Excavation & Demolition
WorkSafe BC provides as part of their standards, drawings of sloping & shoring requirements, and tables for designing trench support structures. Demolition info is further down the page.

Building America Solution Center: Slope Away From House
Building America Solution Center describes how to direct storm water runoff away from the foundation.

Fine Homebuilding: Guide To Site Grading & Drainage
Taunton provides this excerpt from the Graphic Guide To Site Construction, with grading & drainage principles, sample site drawings, a slope recommendation chart, and some tips. (PDF)

GBA: Zen And The Art Of Grading
Green Building Advisor describes why bulldozers are extremely handy when you need to change the grade of a site. Grading matters, and novice builders who ignore grading will eventually be forced to pay attention to the topic.

IRC: Site Grading & Drainage To Achieve High-Performance Basements
Canadian Institute for Research In Construction bulletin describes current construction practices for basements, key issues & deficiencies, and practical suggestions for improving drainage and construction with proper site grading and foundation drainage strategies. (PDF)

JLC: Removing Rocks Without Blasting
Journal of Light Construction article recommends using an expansive demolition agent to remove boulders when blasting is not an option.

JLC: Roughing Out A Steep Site Before Construction
Journal of Light Construction describes how to transform a steep site.

Tools Of The Trade: Blasting Rock With A Bullet
Tools of the Trade describes how to blast rock with a bullet.

US DOE: Planning Final Grade Slopes Away From Foundations
US Department of Energy describes issues and considerations for final grade slopes away from foundations.
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