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4.2.5Foundations in all soil types

Foundations in all soil types shall be appropriately designed and constructed to transmit loads to the ground safely and without excessive movement.

Different foundation types should not be used to support the same structure unless the foundation and superstructure design are undertaken by an engineer.

Freestanding masonry walls should be constructed on foundations in accordance with this chapter or designed to accommodate potential ground movement, for example, by careful use of movement joints and reinforcement.