Saturday, December 10, 2011



The basement walls are ‘EcoBlocks’ filled with concrete, and as the  house is evolves further out of the ground the majority of the wall structure will be constructed of ‘Laserframe’ timber.
Steel reinforcing rods forming a forest of bars that protrude from within the polystyrene wall formwork for the concrete walls. Conduit to facilitate the required services is tied into the structure for its future casting into the poured concrete - which is expected to arrive later in the week.  In the distance, towards the center of the first picture, can be seen a stacked pile of grey, open-cell EPS, 100mm thick foam board, that will be laid over the damp-proof membrane (DPC) ready for the concrete floor slab to be poured over top. 

Looking from west to east across the house building platform

The wall formwork is propped with timber bracing to secure the formwork for the weight of the wet insitu concrete to be poured. Reinforcing bars protrude from the footings, and pipeworks for services penetrate through the formwork.
Wall formwork and steel reinforcing
Conduit tied to the reinforcing steel bars
Polystyrene formwork for the walls

The walls are built up out of the ground - this is a step in floor levels.  The steel reinforcing starter rods to connect the wall and the slab are visible protruding through the 'Ecoblocks'.
The polystyrene blocks are sealed with an expanding gap filler
The top face of the exposed footing is covered with insulation
The exterior surfaces of the 'Ecoblocks' are finished using 'Rockcote' plaster applied over mesh.
Red mesh is applied to the 'Ecoblock' for adhesion, and the first coat of
'Rockcote' plaster is applied.  The black spotted product is to protect the
waterproofing membrane from external damage.

Friday, December 9, 2011

The lower level floors of the house are concrete.  'Eurosteel' reinforcing bars connect from the footings, as well as the insitu concrete walls.  The insitu concrete floors are poured over 'EXPOL' 100mm thick EPS polystyrene insulation which is laid on top of a continuous layer of polythene.  The slab is reinforced with steel mesh, spaced off the EPS  insulation boards on spacers that maintain cover to the steel mesh.  Beneath the polythene is a layer of compacted sand on top of a porous hardfill.  Pipework protrusions are made with sleeves to accommodate the necessary services (e.g. plumbing, wiring and ducting for 'Zehnder' ventilation system from Fantech, which will be installed later in the programme) for the requirements of the house design.

The sand layer beneath the polythene is screeded level. 
The black polythene can be seen,and the insulation board sitting on top. 
The 'Ecoblock' forming the edge of the slab isbraced with timber 
ready for the concrete pour.
Starter rods protrude from the adjacent concrete wall to tie into the concrete 
floor slab. The DPC can be seen turning up at the slab edges, and wall.
The sand layer is compacted
Gaps between the insulation board are 
sealed with 'Loctite'
Reinforcing mesh is spaced off the 
insulation board.The deeper level is a 
thickening in the slab.

Reinforcing steel at the intersection of thickenings in the concrete slab.  
Spacers sit on the insulation board. 
Pipes that penetrate the slab have an insulating sleeve applied, 
with a closed end to protect the pipe from concrete entry

Viewing the house from the west looking east, the lower level floor slab is being set out.  
The edge containment of the future slab can be seen by the 'Ecoblock' formwork.

The slab preparation is complete, ready for the concrete to be poured over

Once the preparation was complete, and the wet weather cleared adequately,  the concrete was  poured to form the rear floor slab.

The poured slab is kept moist to control the drying process
allowing the concrete to cure and  to minimise shrinkage cracks.