Originally Posted by joecaption
If that shed was one more block high moisture damage would be a nonissue.
Building in an over hang for the roof, adding stone around the outside of the shed to reduce splash back, propper drainage on the high side of the slope. adding a vaper barrier on the ground with stone on top of it used under the shed will go a long way to prevent damage later.
joe is absolutely correct about it being higher. if you were required to pull a permit to construct your shed (12'x16' would require a permit in my state) you should be aware of the following from the 2009 International Residential Code, basis for most local and state building codes (your code may vary):
R317.1 Location required. Protection of wood and wood based products from decay shall be provided in the following locations by the use of naturally durable wood or wood that is preservative-treated in accordance with AWPA U1 for the species, product, preservative and end use. Preservatives shall be listed in Section 4 of AWPA U1.
1. Wood joists or the bottom of a wood structural floor when closer than 18 inches (457 mm) or wood girders when closer than 12 inches (305 mm) to the exposed ground in crawl spaces or unexcavated area located within the periphery of the building foundation.
Not saying the inspector will catch it, or even enforce the requirement should you require a building inspection. just to let you know what the IRC says.
I typically use building wrap (typar) installed under all close to the ground (less than 18") structures attached to the bottom of the joists. this prevents exposure of wood to moisture, and allows the floor to breath in the same manner it allows a wall to. We then run the building wrap up the walls.
just my humble thoughts .....