How the Cupolex Dome System Works
CUPOLEX® is a patented forming system for concrete slab foundations made from 100% recycled plastic. Concrete is poured over the modular dome forms to create a floating or structural concrete slab. The below slab void that results, minimizes concrete contact with the soil, while providing a capillary barrier against moisture - yet uses less concrete and rebar than a standard slab with equivalent load bearing capacity.
The Cupolex® cutting edge concrete slab solution provides major advantages over a standard slab on grade:
Provides an excellent moisture barrier under slab with a void that can be vented in soil with high water content or salinity.
Water cannot leach up through the bottom of the concrete slab significantly protecting the structure from water damage and improving internal air quality.
Moisture cannot wick through the concrete thereby ensuring the top and bottom of the concrete foundation remain dry. This eliminates the concrete slab as a possible source of moisture transference to under flooring overlays and prevents damage to expensive architectural flooring finishes, floor tiles or carpets.
Ventilating the CUPOLEX® under slab void space will effectively help control Vapour intrusion, humidity levels, and temperature ranges, that standard slabs cannot control.
Replaces fill or gravel that typically is required to bring the slab to the finished grade level and eliminates the costs associated with importing, compacting, certifying engineered fill. This also reduces any risk with post construction settlement of the underlying subbase.
Longer spans can be achieved in pile/beam structural slabs than with flat standard slabs.
Assists designers to deliver sustainable features that contribute to GREEN and LEED certified building.
Maximum control of concrete curing resulting in a reduction of slab curling, shrinkage cracks while providing a higher quality surface.
Provides under-slab void for running cables and pipes, simplifying post-construction installation of new wiring and utilities,
We can provide special CUPOLEX® slab designs on soils with very low bearing capacity, high compressibility, or soil that is highly expansive
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