Mike Jay Haasl wrote:What other building materials do you have at your disposal? Can you build a 40' diameter boat to set on the muskeg?
Mike Jay Haasl wrote:I know, I'm just trying to help you come up with a structure that holds itself together despite shifting support underneath. Maybe a raft of logs? Maybe a prestressed concrete slab?
Engineers sometimes solve this problem by preventing the ground under the building from getting warm. They put the building on top of a steel frame, a few feet above the ground, so cold air can flow under the house. The cold air stops the permafrost from thawing. Another way to stop damage from thawing permafrost is to thaw the ground first. This method makes the ground more stable to build on. Then there is no danger of the ground beneath the new structure refreezing, because the structure keeps the ground from freezing.