Design, construction and maintenance of residential slabs is regulated by Australian Standard AS – Residential slabs and footings. Australian Standard AS – Time for a change. With specific reference to the slab heave problem with waffle rafts. Frank Van der Woude, B.E., Ph.D. AGS Vic. complying with the Australian Standard – AS referenced by the BCA. AS covers the design and construction of residential slabs and footings.

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This Standard sets out the criteria for the classification of a site and the design and construction of a footing system for a single dwelling house, townhouse or similar structure which may be detached or separated by a party wall or common wall, but not situated vertically above or below another dwelling, including buildings classified as Class 1 and Class 10a in the Building Code of Australia.

The Standard may also be used for other forms of construction, including some astralian industrial, commercial and institutional buildings if they are similar to houses in size, loading and superstructure flexibility. The footing systems for which designs are given include slab on ground, stiffened rafts, waffle rafts, strip footings, pad footings and piled footings.


This Standard gives no advice on detailing of the connection of superstructures to the footing systems for wind loads or earthquake loads. For design purposes, the life of the structure is taken to be 50 years. Economical designs that avoid significant damage are practicable only if the soil moisture content of the foundation material under the footing or slab is stable or within reasonable limits of stability over the design life of the house or structure.

Residential slabs and footings. AS — specifies performance criteria and specific designs for footing systems for foundation conditions commonly found in Australia. It also provides guidance on the design of footing systems, abiding by engineering principles. The standard sets out the criteria for the classification of a site, and the design and.

For all sites in particular sites with reactive soils drainage and soil moisture conditions around the building need to be managed to avoid abnormal moisture conditions, as outlined in Clause 1. AS — This is a free 7 page sample.


It was approved on behalf of the Council of Standards Australia on 20 December This Standard was published on 17 January This is a free 7 page sample. Could you please send me the 7 page sample.


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I have some trees that are too close to the house. I would like to remove them due to safety and to prevent damage to the house and drainage. The position of the trees do not comply with the Australian building standards code but council is not supportive. They disregard our safety in favour of the tree protection. I would like to talk to some one from your department if possible.

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