Set out in this brochure are several examples demonstrating the versatility and multi-purpose functionality of the prestressed hollow-core slabs. Applications covered include floors, security walls, reservoir roofs, retaining walls and warehouse walling, multi-storey floor applications to residential, commercial and industrial buildings, as well as suspended ground floor slabs in clay areas and a foundation system for social housing.
TAL – Fusion, general use installation guidelines. X-Calibur provides detailed method statements on all its products for use in various applications. These must be referred to prior to starting work. The information below is a summary intended for guidance only.
Echo reinforced hollow-core concrete slabs can be used for most types of buildings with short spans between load-bearing supports. Typical applications are residential – townhouses, clusters, new houses and house additions. The product is the preferred solution for affordable housing developments. Industrial and commercial application are also common, provided the spans do not exceed 6,8m between load-bearing supports. Echo slabs are also ideally suited in areas of heaving clay where suspended ground floors are required…
Echo Floors’ newly launched operating section specially geared to the needs of the home-building market has come to the aid of an owner-builder who faced materials and labour supply problems when he chose a remote rural site for his new home.
The entries in this year’s CMA (Concrete Manufacturers Association) Awards for Excellence competition evidence the growing scope and significance of the precast concrete industry in South Africa. They represent a diversity of products and applications and illustrate the commitment of CMA members and other manufacturers to maintain and improve standards in the production and application of precast concrete.
There are at least five major benefits in designing and building with concrete: versatility, attractive appearance, cost-effectiveness, structural integrity, and sustainability, says Bryan Perrie, MD of The Concrete Institute (TCI).
“Concrete is the material with the proven track record to provide tried and tested – as well as innovative – solutions for sustainable housing,” says Adele de Lange, technical marketing consultant: human settlements at the Cement & Concrete Institute (C&CI).