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.
The Open sided QPODs join together create 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 correct cover (No Barchair Required).
Not a lot changes in the steel & mesh structure with D12 perimeter bars and tie backs at 550mm centres, and standard 500E mesh.
Accurate concrete consumption can be calculated when choosing QPOD™ this can be calculated using our QPOD™ volume calculator. Often much less concrete used in comparison to a slab on grade floor where the edge foundation footing and batter are inevitably impossible to get accurate.
A continuous QPOD requires an engineer’s PS1 supplied with the plans and PS4 provided upon inspection for ‘good ground’ and 3604 floor standards. 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).
Having an alliance with Allied Concrete, QPOD promotes and recommends the use of Allied concrete in QPOD structural floor foundations nationwide.
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 this: Allied Ready Super Slab
QPOD Continuous has the following benefits over conventional floors and foundations:
- Faster installation
- Minimal Excavation
- Low soil-bearing capabilities (perfect for soft ground)
- Thermally insulated
- 100% Recycled & 100% Recyclable
- Less concrete used than Slab on grade
Where to use it?
QPOD Continuous can be used on all ground conditions regardless of your land classification, including:
- Residential foundation and floor slabs
- Shed floors
- Small commercial buildings
- Hospitality Projects