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Contractors

Four Steps to Estimate the Volume of Concrete Used in a Wafflemat Foundation

Step 1: Determine the number of 8.5 inch or 12 inch Waffleboxes in the foundation.
This can be estimated by taking the total sf of the foundation footprint and dividing by 4.15. This results in an upper-end estimate of the number of Waffleboxes in that foundation. Alternatively, have the licensed engineer doing the design, provide the exact number of Waffleboxes from the completed foundation design plans.

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Saving Thousands of Gallons of Water During Construction with Wafflemat

As the Western USA struggles with one of the most severe droughts on record, new use practices must be put into action by individuals, governments, and businesses. In the construction industry, the tasks of over-excavating, recompacting, and presoaking foundation pads in preparation for building utilize more water than any other part of the building cycle. However, with the Wafflemat foundation system, you can save thousands of gallons of water, per home, during the construction process.

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Developers

A Developers View of Wafflemat

Century 22 Communities is based on the belief that a home should be designed & constructed to last 100 years. They've improve the reliability & reduce life-cycle cost.

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Wafflemat Earns Clean Air Award in Green Building

A recent whitepaper, “Lowering the Carbon Footprint When Using the Wafflemat System for Concrete Slab Foundations,” provided analysis on the production, transportation, and use of concrete in residential slab foundations, and concludes that the use of Wafflemat in residential home construction can reduce the level of climate change gas emissions by 20%. This is equivalent of 4 to 9 tons less CO2 released into the atmosphere per home, when compared to conventional slab foundations.

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Engineers

Wafflemat Slabs Provide Superior Performance

This paper provides a discussion and summary of the performance of Wafflemat ® slabs on grade. The discussion contained herein is based upon studies performed by the geotechnical firm of Purcell, Rhoades & Associates (ref. 1), as well as observations of the performance of installed Wafflemat foundations (Appendices A-D) over a twenty-year period. Post-tensioned, slab-on-grade construction and mild reinforced mats have been used for decades to provide adequate support for residential and light commercial construction.

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Site Development and Wafflemat

If a project is planned from the beginning to use a Wafflemat foundation, site development is no more complicated than with any other type of foundation. In fact, because a Wafflemat foundation sits higher above the graded pad height than either ribbed or uniform-thickness slabs, street and curb heights can be elevated an additional 6 to 8 inches. This results in significantly reduced costs for excavation and off-haul of soil.  Since less dirt work is required, the cycle time or site development can also be reduced, resulting in additional cost savings.

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