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Basics & Theory

IRC: Overview On Wood Frame Foundations
Canadian Institute For Research In Construction offers this report that is a good overview with a diagram and reference list. It covers preservatives, earth pressures, waterproofing, drainage, and footings. 1984 (PDF)
Issues & Performance

CMHC: Preserved Wood Foundations As Potential Source Of Arsenic & Fungi
CMHC study obtained information on airborne levels of fungi and arsenic within enclosed preserved wood foundations (PWF) wall cavities of existing homes. 2007 (PDF)

CWC: Purchasable Permanent Wood Foundations 2016
Canadian Wood Council sells the book Permanent Wood Foundations that brings together all of the standards and building practices used to build these types of foundations. The 2016 edition has been updated to conform to the requirements of CSA S406-16, CSA O86-14 and NBC 2015. In addition, updated stud selection tables for PWF which support up to 3-storeys above the foundation, updated selection tables for PWF walls which support even backfill heights (e.g. walk-out basements), updated building science guidance and details, and additional requirements for PWF in high wind and seismic locations are also included. $65 CDN

GBA: How to Insulate a Wood Foundation
Green Building Advisor discusses whether exterior insulation is a good choice, and if so how it could be detailed on a log home.

JLC: Lumber Treatment For Permanent Wood Foundations
Journal of Light Construction discusses whether ACQ-treated lumber and plywood are suitable for building permanent wood foundations.
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