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A.    Research Programs

The Foundation Test Facility (FTF)
A description of the facility and research data from 1988 through 1999.

B.    Building Envelope Design Recommendations

Frost Protected Shallow Foundation Design Specifications
A basic frost protected shallow foundation design guide for Minnesota.

C.    Research Topics

The impact of vapor retarders on basement foundation moisture transport
A summary of relevant data from the FTF describing the effect of various insulation and/or vapor retarder configurations on basement envelope water vapor transport.  

Proposed interior insulation configuration for basements with wet walls
A proposed design for an interior insulation system for basement foundations with wet walls and severe boundary conditions.

D.    Project Reports

The following project reports have been published in the public domain and are available on this web site.

TITLE SPONSORS PUBLICATION DATE
CLOQUET RESIDENTIAL RESEARCH FACILITY:
Rim Joist and Foundation Insulation Project Final Report
Minnesota Department of Commerce
CertainTeed Corporation

5/7/2001

OWENS CORNING BASEMENT INSULATION SYSTEM EXPERIMENTAL EVALUATION PROJECT Owens Corning

3/27/2002

ICYNENE FOUNDATION INSULATION PROJECT Icynene, Inc. 3/3/2004
MINNESOTA ENERGY CODE BUILDING FOUNDATION RULE:
Amendment proposal development project final report
State of Minnesota
US Department of Energy
7/8/2005
POLYAMIDE-6 BASED INTERIOR FOUNDATION INSULATION SYSTEM: EXPERIMENTAL EVALUATION CertainTeed Corporation 1/6/2006

E.    Talks and Presentations

The following talks and presentations are in the public domain and publication here has been authorized by the sponsors of the relevant event organizers.

TITLE EVENT DATE

Insulating Existing Basements: Physics Basis

Affordable Comfort, Indianapolis, IN May 19, 2005