Jargon Buster

Like any other technical process we enjoy our fair share of jargon so we have collected together the most common terms and phrases in a handy jargon busting list. If you come across anything else you are unsure of please get in touch.

Aggregate:

A mixture of sand and stone, one of the main components in concrete.

Brush Grout:

The term used to describe "brushing" grout (water and sand/cement) across the beam and concrete block floor.This will tie the units together and form the complete floor.

CAD:

Computer Aided Design, the process of designing drawings with the help of computers; all of our drawings are designed using AutoCAD

Cantilever:

An overhand. A floor that extends beyond the support from beneath.

Cement:

A grey powder that forms the "glue" in the concrete.

Centres:

The distance between centre lines of beams placed in parallel.

Clear Span:

The clear distance between bearing points.

Dead Load:

The maximum constant weight imposed upon the floor.

DPC:

A Damp Proof Course that is applied to floors to prevent the passing of moisture through the floor beams.

Effective Span:

The clear distance between bearing points plus 100mm.

End Slips:

To support the final block around the periphery of the build, allowing the continuation of the inner skin build (See Products pages).

EPS:

Expandable Polystyrene i.e. Litecast XT infill panels.

Finishes:

Materials applied to the beam and block to form the complete floor.

Groundworker:

A contractor who will carry out work on site, generally anything up to ankle level, ie Roads, Sewers, Ground Floors.

Imposed Load:

The maximum variable weight imposed upon the floor.

Infill Blocks:

Blocks used to complete the floor, by infilling between the beams, these will be either polystyrene or concrete.

Litecast:

The best, most efficient beam and block manufacturer in the UK (quite possibly the world)…

Live Load:

See 'Imposed Load' above.

Loadbearing Wall:

A wall that supports any vertical load in addition to its own weight.

Non Loadbearing Wall:

A wall that is not supported from beneath (the floor beam), to be carried/supported from our floor beams.

Partition:

A wall that subdivides spaces within any storey of a building or room.

Plan:

A drawing when viewed from above.

Point Load:

A point where a structural weight is concentrated and transferred to the foundation or concrete beam beneath.

Precast:

A construction product produced by casting concrete in a reusable mould, which is then cured in a controlled environment.

Prestressed:

The production process for overcoming concrete's natural weakness in tension.

Retaining Wall:

A structure that holds back a slope and prevents erosion.

Screed:

A sand/cement mix applied to the beam and block, this forms the finished floor.

Self Build:

A person(s) carrying out work on their own property, not generally known as being a builder.

Slithers:

See 'End Slips' above.

Slip Bricks:

See 'End Slips' above.

Snow Load:

An additional weight allowance made to floors exposed to the elements.

Substructure:

The supporting structure, i.e. our floor beams.

Superstructure:

The term us to describe any structure above ground floor level.

Take Off:

The materials necessary to complete the project.

Tranverse Tested:

The process of testing the crushing strength of a structural product.

 

 

 

 

 

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