Floors

Properties to consider when designing floors

  • fire
  • acoustics
  • services (heating/lighting/ventilation)
  • thermal insulation
  • structural stability and loading
  • maintenance
  • impact resistance & durability

Floor structures

Timber 

PROS

  • prefabrication
  • light weight
  • adaptability
  • flexibility
  • cost

CONS

  • labour intensive
  • short spans/structure
  • deflection/rigidity
  • no thermal mass

Precast Concrete/ In-situ Concrete

PROS

  • weather resistance
  • robustness
  • structural stability
  • security
  • fire protection

CONS

  • labour intensive
  • programme
  • wet trades

Steel

PROS

  • speed of erection
  • prefabrication
  • texture
  • size & shape

CONS

  • fire protection
  • cost
  • acoustics

Glass

PROS

  • hygiene
  • high precision
  • aesthetics

CONS

  • cost
  • secondary support
  • transparent

 

 

 

 

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