Tuesday, January 10, 2012


In January, the second concrete floor slab was poured for the majority of the house footprint.  Using the same construction as the first floor slab, the insitu concrete floor is 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.

A portion of this slab was a suspended concrete floor using a Stahlton precast system.
Service pipes were set into the hardfill, and prepared to be cast into the slab  protruding where needed to facilitate the house services required.

At this stage, the timber framing for the walls and roof of the rear section of the house can be seen in place.  (Refer to the 'TIMBER FRAMED WALLS' and 'TIMBER FRAMED ROOF' sections of this blog for detail on these elements.)

Preparing for the concrete slab - laying pipes and spacing the reinforcing mesh.
At the rear the timber framed walls and roof trusses are visible.

Scaffolding is being crane delivered - viewed to the left of this picture.

Stahlton precast beams for the suspended concrete floor slab

Formwork around the edge of the slab is braced to support the 'Ecoblock' formork.
Reinforcing mesh is spaced up from the layer of grey insulating foam.
Grey and orange conduit for services is ready for casting into the concrete slab

Service conduit protrudes through the suspended concrete slab



Conduit protrudes through the hardfill and foundation walls 
Polythene, grey insulating foam board 
('EXPOL' 100mm thick EPS polystyrene ) 
and reinforcing mesh are laid over the compacted hardfill. 
The reinforcing bars are bent into the concrete slab.




This rebate is for an 11meter, fully-sealed, PH certified sliding 
glass door supplied by EcoWindows.
Base detail for the fixing of the steel portal frames is allowed
to be recessed into the concrete slab.

Viewed across the area prepared for the concrete floor slab concrete pour,
the reinforcing steel mesh can be seen lapped and spaced off the
'EXPOL'  EPS polystyrene insulation , the reinforcing starter rods for 
the footings are bent to allow for positioning within the concrete slab,
and service conduits and drains secured.

Preparation for the concrete slab pour is completed, 
ready for the arrival of the concrete delivery.

 Concrete is pumped into place

Concrete workers move and vibrate the pumped concrete into place


Service pipes protrude through the wet concrete

 Concrete is float finished up to the edge formwork.

The concrete floor slab is then floated off.


The second concrete floor slab is complete, and left to cure. 
To the left of the slab, timber formwork has been set into the slab to 
form a rebate for the sliding glass door supplied by EcoWindows.


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evanward007 said...

When they build office buildings or even multi storey appartments / flats they pour concrete for the floor instead of toungue and groove timber truss support. They did this for all the multi storey appartments in the 1960's and 1970's. - It must of have been cost effective.

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when can you pour your column for second floor if you pour concrete today for your suspended slab?

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