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.
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.
READY Super 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?
READY Super Slab can be used on all ground conditions regardless of your land classification, 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.
We also now offer an engineering service for all ground situations NZ wide aligning ourselves with specialist engineers country-wide. View our full offering under our Service section, see; www.QPOD.nz/services
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