MINNESOTA ENERGY CODE BUILDING FOUNDATION RULE:
 AMENDMENT PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT PROJECT
FINAL REPORT

 
Principal Investigator: Louise F. Goldberg
Building Physics and Foundations Research Programs
CSBR - CALA
University of Minnesota
 
Co-principal Investigator: Patrick H. Huelman
Cold Climate Housing Program
Dept. of Biobased Products
University of Minnesota
 
Other participants: Karen Linner
Builders Association of Minnesota
 
Minnesota Department of Commerce
 
Codes and Standards Division
Minnesota Department of Administration
 
Project Manager: Bruce Nelson
Minnesota Department of Commerce



ACKNOWLEDGEMENT AND CERTIFICATION

The research described herein has been performed with funding provided by the U.S. Department of Energy and the State of Minnesota.  While this support is gratefully acknowledged, the Principal Investigators assume complete responsibility for the contents herein.
 

CONTENTS

1 Introduction

2

Typical Minnesota house definition
3 Foundation and whole house simulation methodologies
4 Preliminary analyses
5 Optimum foundation insulation thermal resistance determination
6 Whole house foundation insulation layer thermal resistance trade-off options

7

Recommendations for a Minnesota Energy Code Foundation Rule
A References
B Report revisions

The current revision of the proposed draft Minnesota Energy Code foundation rule language may be found at www.buildingfoundation.umn.edu/FoundRuleWWW.

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Revision:  G-final
Date:  7/8/05
By:  LFG