PVC tapes, on the other hand, provide an active solution to sealing joints within basement construction and leaks should they occur are often associated with workmanship issues or compaction of the concrete around the joint.
The use of hydrophilic strips as a joint sealing system has been a long stay item for many as a standard joint sealing solution. It is often seen as a simple choice by the specifier and can be changed on site to suit construction sequence, should this change be required to accommodate revisions to the pour sequence.
Advances in the technology behind concrete mix design mean that specifiers of concrete for basement construction have a broader choice to achieve the desired end product to satisfy Euro Code requirements, but the weakness in any basement is the jointing.
Glass-fibre reinforcement has been around for over 30 years. It has successfully replaced traditional steel or stainless steel reinforcement on many projects that have specialist applications. One such application is sea defence structures where high levels of corrosion resistance are required.
J & P BALCON® from J&P Building Systems Ltd has recently been accepted as an LABC Registered Detail. The range of products comprise a thermally insulated and fully adjustable steel balcony to concrete connection system, for use on reinforced concrete floors or precast concrete/hollow-deck floors.