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The site must be levelled. All plumbing pipes fixed in place andthe formwork positioned
The site must be levelled. All plumbing pipes fixed in place andthe formwork positioned
Plastic sheeting of 250 Microns is spread over the site with all laps taped
Plastic sheeting of 250 Microns is spread over the site with all laps taped
Starting from the corner of the site lay Voidforms in grid pattern using WJ100 and WJ101 spacers
Starting from the corner of the site lay Voidforms in grid pattern using WJ100 and WJ101 spacers
Place the reinforcement bars between the Voidforms and the top mesh over the total area
Place the reinforcement bars between the Voidforms and the top mesh over the total area
Place chairs under the mesh at the rate of 4 per Voidform®
Place chairs under the mesh at the rate of 4 per Voidform®
In a single concrete pour, partially cover the Voidform before filling the ribs
In a single concrete pour, partially cover the Voidform before filling the ribs
The site must be levelled. All plumbing pipes fixed in place andthe formwork positioned The site must be levelled. All plumbing pipes fixed in place andthe formwork positionedPlastic sheeting of 250 Microns is spread over the site with all laps taped Plastic sheeting of 250 Microns is spread over the site with all laps tapedStarting from the corner of the site lay Voidforms in grid pattern using WJ100 and WJ101 spacers Starting from the corner of the site lay Voidforms in grid pattern using WJ100 and WJ101 spacersPlace the reinforcement bars between the Voidforms and the top mesh over the total area Place the reinforcement bars between the Voidforms and the top mesh over the total areaPlace chairs under the mesh at the rate of 4 per Voidform® Place chairs under the mesh at the rate of 4 per Voidform®In a single concrete pour, partially cover the Voidform before filling the ribs In a single concrete pour, partially cover the Voidform before filling the ribs

The waffle raft slab system involves building an ‘on-ground’ using perimeter formwork and expanded polystyrene Voidforms, separated by plastic spacers, to create reinforced concrete ribs beneath the slab surface.

The traditional ‘in-ground’ concrete slab requires digging of tyrnches, construction of a perimeter nib wall and subsequent backfilling. It is labour intensive, does not allow accurate measurement of concrete and can be subject to considerable delays if rain occurs.

Barnes VoidForm® improve energy efficiency of house slabs by increasing the R value of the floor, saving heating and cooling costs. Using 225mm Voidforms will give an R value of 1.86 approximately – 43% better than a conventional slab.

The waffle raft slab system has a number of advantages. The construction is simple as there are fewer stages in construction. Less site preparation is required, for example, on non expansive soils only topsoil and organic material must be removed. Construction is quicker as there are fewer stages in construction and all stages can be carried out by one trade, work can often continue in adverse weather conditions. Concrete volumes can be accurately calculated meaning wastage can be eliminated. All concrete is contained within formwork and defined areas. The Voidforms® provide ‘built in’ insulation. Quality control is simple, everything is open for inspection prior to pouring concrete. Only one concrete pour is required.

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Barnes Plastics

368 Church Street

Penrose, Auckland

Tel: 09 526 9111


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