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Beam construction for pier & beam foundation

Beam construction for pier & beam foundation

Beam construction for pier & beam foundation

Hello, all. I'm usually on this site to gain insight for my job as a pressure vessel engineer, but now I'm posting for personal reasons. I am about to begin construction of a new house using a pier & beam foundation. The beams are to be (4)2x12 SYP spanning 60' and supported roughly every 10' on concrete piers.

I would like to know what construction method should be used to join these 2x12's together, and any other information that pertains to it. We are under the 2006 IBC, if that matters. The property is in the Houston area and has been designed per windstorm requirements. I will not be doing the work myself; I just want to verify that what is being done is correct.

Any links, references, and/or information is greatly appreciated.


RE: Beam construction for pier & beam foundation

Will the floor joists hang into the beams or bear on top of them? If hanging into them then the plies of the beam need to be connected at certain intervals, IE (2) screws @ 24" o.c. both sides. Attached is a document that gives some values. Are there any concrete foundation walls or is it entirely piered?

RE: Beam construction for pier & beam foundation

And if the joists bear on top of the beams then the plies still need to be attached obviously but it is not as big of an issue.

RE: Beam construction for pier & beam foundation

Thanks for the replies and the reference document. That's just what I was looking for. The joists will bear on top of the beams.

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