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What is a Waffle Slab Foundation?

What is a Waffle Slab Foundation?

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Wafflemat Slabs Provide Superior Performance

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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Lowering the Carbon Footprint When Using Wafflemat

Lowering the Carbon Footprint When Using Wafflemat

A Climate Change Gas Emissions Analysis on the Production, Transportation, and Use of Concrete in Slab Foundations. “Use of the Wafflemat foundation-forming system in residential home construction can reduce the level of climate change emissions by 20% [the equivalent of 4 to 9 tons less CO2 released into the atmosphere of an average 1,800 sf home] when compared to the use of conventional slab foundations. Other emissions reductions are also projected.”

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Site Development and Wafflemat

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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