QPOD™ Flooring System is designed to save the user time while providing an Eco-friendly alternative to the already tried and proven 3604 slab on grade and ‘Raft’ style floor configurations.
QPOD™ Raft Configuration is an above ground engineered flooring system, commonly known as a raft foundation, pod floor, waffle slab or floating foundation, that delivers real benefits over a conventional concrete floor and foundations. A grillage of beams within the concrete slab provides a stiffer and stronger final product than a conventional 100mm concrete slab on grade, and because of its inherent strength a deepened perimeter footing can usually be omitted. While boasting a radically improved ‘R’ Value due to the encapsulated air pocket formed.
The 4x Closed sided QPODs joined together create the equivalent volume of a traditional polystyrene pod at 1.1 x 1.1m, forming your ribs at 1200mm centers as the well accepted methods of the Raft structure. Obviously a minimal addition of concrete is used when choosing QPOD™ equating to 0.0278m3 per pod (or; 0.0193m3 extra concrete per finished floor per m2) this can be calculated using our QPOD™ material calculator.
QPOD™ Raft Slab has the following benefits over conventional floors and foundations:
- Faster installation
- Minimal Excavation
- Low soil-bearing capabilities (perfect for soft ground)
- Thermally insulated
- Makes service installation easy!
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Where to use it?
QPOD™ Raft Slab can be used on most ground conditions, specifically land classifications S & M, including:
- Residential foundation and floor slabs
- Shed floors
- Small commercial buildings
A term coined from the solutions created in the Christchurch Earthquake Rebuilds where many soils found themselves outside the relative stability of “good ground”. Various aspects such as, floor design, soil type, ground strength, Liquefaction & seismic factors can all be factors that determine if your floor will need to be engineered as a TC2 or otherwise. These cases will require additional engineering input and a Specific Engineered Design (SED). For a recommendation of engineer near you please contact us.
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