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Precast 2017 set to be biggest yet!

J&P Building Systems will be exhibiting at Precast 2017 next month.

You can REGISTER NOW for the UK’s largest precast concrete industry conference & exhibition – PRECAST 2017, 11th May at Leicester Tigers Stadium.

Precast 2017 J&P Building Systems

We are coming together with 65 other exhibitors and more than 400 delegates expected to attend, PRECAST2017 is a great forum to meet new customers and network with others in the industry.

Our stand will be showcasing:

The exhibition will run from 08.30 to 16.00. A range of seminars on key topics specifically targeted for the precast industry will be presented by clients and relevant experts.  Topics include:

– Keynote address on Brexit from the Construction Products Association
– Building Information Modelling (BIM)
– Future supplies of Fly Ash from UKQAA
– The Housing White Paper from Homes & Community Agency
– Safe Loading Demonstrations from Wincanton
– Introducing Limestone Ternary Cements (CEMEX)
– Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs)

PRECAST2017 is a great opportunity for those in the construction industry to view the latest products and services, and meet new customers from the UK, Europe and further afield.

Printable version of the programme can be downloaded here..

Book now! and come and see us on Stand 63

Precast concrete flooring goes up a level

Precast concrete flooring for upper floors can offer various benefits to builders and homeowners – and with sustainability credentials as well, architects and designers will be specifying them more often.

Prescast concrete flooring for upper floors: 4o years ago, precast concrete was only used in about 5 per cent of the ground floors constructed for homes. However, following changes to the building regulations in 1974, precast concrete suspended floors experienced an surge in usage, to the extent that around 70 to 80 per cent of all ground floors constructed in houses are now precast concrete.

Precast Concrete Flooring

However, the same cannot be said for upper floors in houses which are predominately timber.  But according to the Precast Flooring Federation, this could be set to change.

For housebuilders, the use of precast flooring can improve safety on site.  There is a well-established code of practice for the safe installation of precast flooring and with the in introduction of safety nets and decking, this construction activity has become safer.  In addition, precast flooring provides an early, secure and broad platform which subsequent site activities can be undertaken.

For homeowners, precast upper floors have several advantages over timber.  Firstly, due to its density, precast concrete flooring is effective at reducing the transmission sound between rooms – when did you las hear a concrete floor creak or squeak? Secondly, the flooring is fireproof.  Precast concrete floors very easily exceed the a one-hour fire rating protecting against the spread of fire between rooms.  Thirdly, precast flooring has a high thermal mass.  Employed correctly, this thermal mass can assist with smoothing our temperature gains and losses, thereby reducing the need for space cooling and heating in the home.

The use of precast flooring cuts down on transport and the associated carbon footprint.  Precast flooring can be made locally, using local materials and skills and hence travel distances from factory to site are reduced.

Furthermore, by using precast flooring there is no need to import materials such as structural timber from overseas.