Flat slabs are highly versatile elements
widely used in construction, providing minimum depth, fast
construction and allowing flexible column grids.
Construction of flat slabs is one of the
quickest methods available. Lead times are very short as this is
one of the most common forms of construction.
Because this is one of the most common forms
of construction, all CONSTRUCT members and many other
concrete frame contractors can undertake this work.
Cost, whole life cost, value
Flat slabs are particularly appropriate for
areas where tops of partitions need to be sealed to the slab soffit
for acoustic or fire reasons. Flat slabs are considered to be
faster and more economic than other forms of construction, as
partition heads do not need to be cut around downstand beams or
Flat slabs can be designed with a good surface
finish to the soffit, allowing exposed soffits to be used. This
allows exploitation of the building’s thermal mass in the design of
heating, ventilation and cooling requirements, increasing energy
Mechanical and Engineering
Flat slabs provide the most flexible
arrangements for services distribution as services do not have to
divert around structural elements.
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