LIFE - Low Impact Foundations
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To investigate the potential of low impact foundations
within the context of the other projects being undertaken in the study.
Summary of Report
- The use of roundpole and foundation design splits into two
parts: ground and low impact foundations.
- The applications in Scotland and Norway/Lappland will vary
greatly because of the ground conditions. The ground frost depth in Norway
and Lappland can be as far as 2.5m, whilst in Scotland the situation is less
- In general it is perceived that roundpole will be used for
temporary structures. It is evidently much simpler to construct low impact
foundations for temporary structures than for permanent ones.
- Preservation issues are not as important for temporary
- Timber piles need to be completely submerged in water to avoid
- Charring of timber prevents rotting.
- Various options include ground screws, metal spikes and rocks.
- Treatment is necessary for foundation timbers in dry ground
Table of Contents
2. Literature Review - Historical Precedent
3. Foundation Types and the Issue of Treatment