Although this principle of material reduction in statically unimportant areas of construction has been tried and tested for a long time, and is frequently used (e.g. steel beams and hollow slabs), predominantly, reinforced concrete slabs are still used. In buildings, most of the concrete is used in the slabs.
But the use of concrete, with its high consumption of resources, can be usefully optimised by the implementation of intelligent voided building methods; the Cobiax technology even offers a biaxial loadbearing effect.
The results of these considerations were the hour of birth for the Cobiax technology in 2004.
Traditionally, Cobiax void formers are incorporated into the building process on the construction site (in-situ concrete), according to the construction requirements. But they can also be incorporated as industrially manufactured, fully precast elements, or in a combination with precast elements.
The voids in the concrete slab, which is to be cast later, are inserted in the form of void formers or structural formers, both made out of plastic. The concrete then flows into the correct static structure; the formers keep the voids open.
This results in a high weight-bearing slab construction, that not only saves material (concrete), but also enables larger spaces to be spanned at the same weight.
A rough calculation already indicates how efficient building with Cobiax is: one truckload of preassembled Cobiax void formers basically replaces seven truckloads of concrete, and one load of unassembled Cobiax components replaces a whopping 25 truckloads of concrete.
Advances in building technology should never be at the expense of safety. That’s why many years of research went into the Cobiax technology which, meanwhile, has become an internationally accepted building method. So, construction companies, engineers, architects and builders can be assured that they will reap the benefits of the many advantages of Cobiax voided systems, without the slightest risk in terms of structural stability.
Cobiax voided flat plate slab systems enable larger areas to be spanned, at the same weight. The architect is released from structural limitations and is able to plan more freely.
A building that is lighter and slimmer overall, can be planned. This not only results in pleasing aesthetics. It also reduces the amount of material required.
Thanks to the limited weight of the Cobiax slabs, fewer columns are required; additional rooms, with all of the advantages of aesthetics and flexible use, are possible.
Building with Cobiax always means making a commitment to future-oriented solutions in the area of resource conservation and sustainability. Therefore, it is with good reason that buildings that contain Cobiax technologies have won international prizes. By planning with Cobiax, architects clearly underpin their innovativeness and their commitment to modern, contemporary building methods.
Slabs, walls, columns and foundations can be optimised for the reduced load-bearing capacity – they are lighter and smaller, and therefore cheaper.
Beam solutions often require time-consuming intermediate steps during the building process. With Cobiax technologies, these beam constructions are no longer necessary – building time is reduced and the building can be put into operation sooner.
Columns and beams limit the design possibilities for the entire space. They determine the division of the building into individual rooms or at least dictate the structure of the aesthetic impression. Cobiax technologies avoid these limitations – they enable wider scopes, which offer completely new opportunities for use, as required. In dynamic markets and social models, this flexibility offers considerable economic advantages.
In many cases, the limited depth required for the slab, means that more storeys become possible. Furthermore, thanks to the thinner walls and the fact that no support columns are required, the usable space increases. All these advantages, added together, increase the profitability of the project considerably.
Building with Cobiax makes a substantial contribution towards reducing the CO2 balance of a building, beginning with the building process (up to 20%). The primary energy requirements are up to 22% below those for conventional solid slab building methods. All the Cobiax products consist of 100% recycled post-consumer plastic; even if the building is demolished, environment-friendly waste disposal is guaranteed. Therefore, Cobiax buildings regularly win international prizes for environment-conscious building.
It is decisively easier to keep structural records of the slab building elements and the building as a whole.
Thanks to the reduced weight of the slabs, distortion of the ceilings themselves is reduced, and the building retains its shape better.
The reduced load enables the use of more delicate, elegant building elements.
The limited thickness of the slabs is advantageous for the planning of the foundations and substructures: the foundations have to distribute reduced loads, and can therefore be made smaller; the substructure components can be reduced in size, or they can be omitted entirely (e.g. supporting columns)
With Cobiax voided flat plate slabs, earthquake certification is easier; the reduced (moving) load is dynamically more tolerant than a conventionally designed building.
With Cobiax slabs, complicated beam solutions and pretensioning of ceilings isn’t necessary. This saves a substantial intermediate step in the construction phase; furthermore, scheduling is more reliable.
The concrete required for the slabs is reduced by up to 35%; the material costs drop accordingly.
All of the Cobiax products are easy to lay; the Cobiax CLS technology considerably reduces the need for reinforcement.
Thanks to the reduced need for concrete, up to 35% less concrete delivery trucks are required. This not only facilitates the smooth running of the construction process. It also increases the level of acceptance of the building methods by neighbouring residents and institutions.
The Cobiax history is one of safe, sustainable and profitable innovations in the building industry: it is rich in ideas and assertive, and it is being used extremely successfully, worldwide.
A story that is having a considerable effect on the building methods of the 21st Century.Learn more.
At the beginning of every pioneering development, there are visionaries who turn theoretical possibilities into reliable technology. And strong people who are able to draw their will to succeed in the practical implementation of ideas, from the powers of possibility.
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