Strong, fast and ready
For architects, engineers, builders or developers, it is important to build client trust in today’s fast-moving construction industry by keeping costs down and meeting deadlines.
Prefabricated materials have helped erect buildings faster than ever. But even this solution comes with its handling costs, which can blow out a project’s budget with the need to use a tower crane just to lift the panels into place. However, with rediwall®, the permanent PVC construction formwork solution from AFS, you can save on handling costs, with lightweight panels that are easily lifted into place by hand and components that just either snap-in or slide together and lock into position.
Bear the load
Complying with strict building code standards is a must, so you can instil trust in your clients and build your reputation as an architect or engineer. Rediwall® permanent construction formwork by AFS is fully compliant, being CSIRO-tested for smoke and fire as well as being deemed water resistant. As such, rediwall® is certified as a load-bearing building component, so on top of doubling as both a structure and its own formwork, it requires no other framework on which to stand.
Installation of components usually starts at a corner. A corner unit connector is installed with a few panels and joiners which are erected at each side of the corner. The corner is then braced and checked to ensure that it is plumb prior to proceeding. These PVC construction formwork modules double as a mould for concrete core-filling and the final finish of the product.
Installation proceeds along one wall to the next corner by vertically sliding (256mm panels) or horizontally snapping (110mm, 156mm and 200mm panels) the adjacent components together. The components are placed tight into the floor track or against the floor angle on the foundation or slab and are braced.
After the installation process is complete and bracing is secured, the panels are then core filled with concrete, typically using a boom pump. The concrete mix must be as per AFS’ recommended Mix Design Specifications.
The concrete walls are now ready to perform as a load bearing structure for the next floor slab or roof structure.
The bright and clean surface of the rediwall® panels offers a serviceable, low maintenance finish that, for the majority of applications, does not require further treatment.