Read our engineer’s thoughts on why composite floors offer an intriguing solution to the demand for new schools and sustainable structures in the UK:
With a high demand for new schools and sustainable structures in the UK, composite timber and concrete slabs offer an intriguing solution to meeting the demand whilst minimising whole-life carbon. This is further to providing fire, acoustic, and thermal mass benefits.
As part of the GenZero initiative, investigations have taken place into a prototype panel consisting of a precast concrete deck on glulam ribs with two interlayers. A 24mm thick timber deck provides permanent formwork, and a 5mm acoustic damping layer reduces sound between floors.