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Hi all.

I’ve been asked to engineer a single story residence that will be built into the side of a hill and covered with earth. The walk-out front elevation will be exposed.

Can someone direct me to some resources that address issues of water proofing, ventilation, egress, etc? The exterior walls will probably be reinforced masonry but I’m not certain of the type and configuration of the roof system.

Thanks in advance.


Christopher Banbury, PE



Ark Engineering, Inc.

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