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STRUCTURAL ELEMENTS


Concrete takes on the shape and texture of the forms into which it is poured, making it possible to enrich the surface character


insulation. A solution is to pour a four-inch exterior concrete wall, installing rigid insulation on the inner face and then pouring the interior four-inch wall to take advantage of the thermal mass of the concrete on the interior of the building. This way, the building will attain the required thermal resistance from the insulation while still gaining the durability of concrete on the exterior surface.


Which product to use?


A concrete with excellent workability and flexural strength such as bagged Blue Circle High Strength (40N) is a prerequisite for many small-size design applications in modern architecture. The concrete can be moulded into a number of different shapes and sizes – perfect for avant-garde style


projects, as well as more traditional builds. Also, using a readily available concrete mix brings greater convenience to projects. Its availability throughout the UK means busy contractors can access the product without travelling too far afield, while also taking advantage of the timesaving and consistency advantages of using a pre-bagged concrete mix. Sometimes, especially on smaller projects, products can remain outdoors and on site for several months. Something as simple as waterproof packaging can protect water vulnerable products and eliminate wastage through rainwater contamination and damage. It’s also worth considering specifying concrete mixes that are available in weatherproof, tear-resistant bags. Overall, as the creative possibilities of concrete expand, from rough to smooth and solid to fluid, designers are trying new techniques to achieve fresh visual elements. This, coupled with its inherent practical properties of durability, heat absorption and cooling, makes the material a versatile choice for the modern designer.


Dr Bill Price is national commercial technical manager at Tarmac Cement


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ADF FEBRUARY 2019


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