The purpose of the Foundation Performance Association, as stated in its bylaws, includes the following:
- To serve the public by advancing the skill and the art of engineering analysis, investigation, and consultation in the design, construction, and repair of light structural foundations primarily for residential buildings;
- To engage in research through the conduct of seminars and the publication of technical papers, books, and articles on the science of residential design, construction and repair of light foundations;
- To maintain a library of information on the science of design, construction, and repair of light foundations;
- To establish criteria for the preparation of specifications, geotechnical testing, design analysis, construction techniques, quality control, performance criteria, investigation and failure analysis, and repair techniques for light foundations; for the benefit of the public;
- To elevate the standards and ethical concepts of those engaged in the light foundation industry, and;
- To cooperate and share with other related professions engaged in related services information on the science of residential design, construction, and repair of light foundations.
The Foundation Performance Association presently works to achieve those goals through monthly general meetings with invited speakers with expertise in the interests of the FPA and the formation of multiple standing committees and ad hoc subcommittee meetings. From the group that began more than two decades ago as an informal collaboration between several locally practicing professionals, as of today, the Foundation Performance Association has grown to more than 200 members from all over Texas and many other states.