Polystyrene Waffle Pods
Polystyrene rafts and wafflepods have revolutionised the concreting industry over the last decade. A waffle pod system can save considerable money as site preparation is much simpler and there are significant savings in the amount of concrete used.
The polystyrene raft is also a great insulator, reducing heat transfer through the floor.
The on-ground system (rather than in-ground) slab, eliminating the need for labour intensive trenching - formerly essential to create underfloor concrete beams in conventional slab construction methods. Construction takes place on cleared level surfaces, allowing work to continue uninterrupted in inclement weather conditions.
The Wafflepod system uses polystyrene void formers arranged on the levelled building area in a grid (waffle) pattern with reinforcing between and above the voidformers. Concrete fills the spaces between and across the Ribbed Raft to form a slab over the entire area. The spaces between the void formers effectively become concrete beams on ribs resulting in a slab which is a structural element of immense strength.
What are the Wafflepods made of?
Each pod is manufactured from Expanded Polystyrene. In Australia CFCs have never been used to make expanded polystyrene foam (EPS) which is turned into wall insulation panels, agricultural produce boxes and moulded protective packaging. This type of polystyrene is expanded using hydrocarbons, mainly pentane.
All Waffle Pods are 1090x1090mm designed to be used in conjunction with a 110mm beam system - creating a 1200x1200mm grid effect.
The Pods are supplied in thicknesses of 150 / 225 / 300mm thicknesses and all accessories can be supplied.
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Details for pod calculations (approximate) are as follows:
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