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QPOD Continuous Foundation Flooring System

QPOD IS THE EARTH FRIENDLY CHOICE

Made from recycled material and 100% recyclable with zero landfill waste. The all-new QPOD flooring system is the first choice for the eco-conscious.

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™ Continuous is an above ground flooring system that delivers real benefits over a conventional concrete floor foundation. A nest of pods within the concrete slab provides a stiffer and stronger final product than a conventional 100mm concrete slab on grade, while boasting a radically improved ‘R’ Value due to the encapsulated air pocket formed. A deepened perimeter footing can be omitted and formed directly on the hard fill with 300mm – 320mm boxing saving enormous amounts of time in site preparation and removing the need for multiple pours.

What Changes?

The open-sided QPODs joined together creates a continuous miniature ‘Raft’. Where load bearing walls or extra stiffening is required, a 300mm break is created.  The equivalent height of a traditional polystyrene pod at 220mm high is maintained, while QPOD includes an inbuilt 40mm up-stand to hold the mesh at the correct cover (no barchairs required).

Not a lot changes in the steel & mesh structure with D12 perimeter bars and tie backs at 1100 mm centres, and standard SE62 Mesh or fibre option. The Continuous configuration uses less steel and concrete than a Raft, allowing significant savings despite requiring engineering. Giving you as much as $1000 savings on a 200m2 slab.

 

How does this Compare with Raft?

Try our easy calculator comparing the dollar savings with continuous by removing the rib steel & concrete.

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Downloads

Download Standard Detailing for Continuous

Download Standard Detailing for Continuous

QPOD Continuous Performance Scope:

 

QPOD Continuous performs on soils down to 200kPa ground conditions. Otherwise largely bound by the conditions required by the 3604 ‘good ground’ parameters.

Where does the Raft compare?:

The CodeMarked Allied READY Superslab Raft system performs down to 150kPa having a greater bearing spread achieved with the rib structure, any ground movements in liquefaction or expansivity exceeding the allowances within good ground parameters would require S.E.D. as would any other CodeMark system on the market.

 

System
kPa Performance
Expansive Ground Performance
Liquefaction - Settlement
150kPa<200kPa<300kPa<<20ys0-75ys<25mm>25mm
QPOD Continuous
QPOD Raft Allied Superslab
QPOD Raft S.E.D
3604 Slab on Ground

Engineering?

A continuous QPOD configuration requires an engineer’s PS1 supplied with the plans and PS4 provided upon inspection for ‘good ground’ and TC1 or 3604 floor standards and can perform down to 200KPA ground. Anything lower would be best suited to use the Allied Ready SuperSlab, which can still perform down to 150KPA ground.

Outside of the 3604 standards, (sometimes referred to as TC2 following the Canterbury quake review) various aspects such as, floor design, soil type, ground strength, Liquefaction & seismic factors can fall beyond the scope of the ‘good ground’ criteria and will require additional engineering input and a Specific Engineered Design (SED).

QPOD can supply engineering at an on-charged fee with national Civil & Structural Engineers. QPOD have qualified inspectors available NZ wide to provide fast inspection of your QPOD Floor.

Benefits Include:

QPOD Continuous has the following benefits over conventional floors and foundations:

  • Less concrete used than Slab on grade
  • Up to $1000 savings on a 200m2 slab
  • Faster installation
  • Minimal Excavation
  • Thermally insulated
  • 100% Recycled & 100% Recyclable

Where to use it?

QPOD Continuous can be used on good ground conditions and down to 200kPa including:

  • Residential foundation and floor slabs
  • Shed floors
  • Small commercial buildings
  • Warehouses
  • Hospitality Projects

Want A CodeMark Certified Solution?

When used in conjunction with Allied READY Super Slab, the flooring system is CodeMark-certified meaning building consent authorities must accept it as complying with the New Zealand Building Code, fast tracking the consenting process at council when the conditions of CodeMark are adhered to.

See more on QPOD Raft

QPOD™ Information Guide

Download QPOD Continuous Standard Detailing

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