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Asheville Area Mountain Home BuildersWHY Slopes Fail and Maps That Show Where They Might
BUILDING IN THE MOUNTAINS? Consider this first: Land Suitability. Site and Building Design. Site Resource Assessment and, in the mountains, engaging a team of local experts prior to investing in the land and/or building site: a geo technical engineer, a structural engineer, a landscape architect, an architect, a hydrologist, a soil scientist who understand the idiosyncrasies of mountain construction. ( Photo shows Asheville Area Mountain Range- Would YOU Build Here?)
To make sure the home is solid on the site,one LEED ®Certified General Contractor here in the Asheville area expects buyers to invest $30,000 to $40,000 just on the foundation of the home.
Reminder: It takes less rainfall to trigger a debris flow on a modified slope (with evidence of prior instability) than on an unmodified slope.
Here in the Ashevillearea mountains, Rick Wooten and the North Carolina Geological Survey Staff of the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources have just introduced the Landslide Hazard Map for Asheville and the surrounding towns in Buncombe County, NC. In addition, they informed an attentive audience in this presentation:
WHY Slopes Fail and Maps That Show Where
NOTE: Landslide Hazard Maps help to identify potential hazard areas, but do NOT substitute for site-specific investigation.
LANDSLIDE Topics Covered in This Presentaion (see PDF with photos at Link)
Causes- long term and short term factors
Slope Movement (s)
Debris Flows, Deposits and Fans
Cumulative Effects of Interrelated Factors -Causes and Triggers
(photos and graphics you must see)
Big Slow Movers
Landslide Frequency vs Slope Percent
Failures vs Rainfall
Stability Index Map
LANDSLIDE HAZARD MAPS ASHEVILLE (Buncombe County)
Development EXPERT- David Tuch, VP, Equinox Environmental and his Team of professionals: 1) Geotech Engineers who can do the soil testing and research to determine what is necessary should you choose to build on one of the challenging sites and Structural Engineers for making sure the building is held in place and won't slide down the mountainside- retaining walls, footing depth...
Geologist EXPERT- Rick Wooten who with his team has completed the landslide maps mentioned in this post. Current as of 11/16/2010- Wooten- Why Slopes Fail
LAND-OF-SKY Regional Council (good photo examples)
Asheville Area Hillside Development Ordinance
Work with a REALTOR® with special training. Look for these designations. NAR GREEN, Eco Certified Real Estate Consultant, RLI. (graphics below) Ask about the Land transactions that Broker has been involved with and what s/he recommends in terms of process during due diligence.
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A Few of My Other Posts on or Related to Building on Mountain Slopes
A Few Checkpoints About Steep Slopes
LAND Planning & Design • Land Suitability Analysis • Site and Eco-Friendly Building Design • Site Resource Assessment • Site Development and Our Steep Slopes • Green Buildings & Communities • Mountain Ecosystems You Must Consider • Tree Protection and landslide Protection... • Conservation Easements & Private Land Trusts • Purchase of Development Rights • Farmland Preservation and more
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