The recent flooring installation of a new M&T development in Centurion necessitated an innovative and sustainable solution to water runoff from the site’s exterior extensions. The developers approached KBAC for a unique solution to this flooring problem.
Guy Park, who heads the Raised Floor division of KBAC Flooring, says: “A raised paving solution was suggested so that the subfloor could be adequately waterproofed and designed in such a way that water is directed to collection drainage points in the void beneath the floor through undulations in the slab. By adjusting the InstaCradle system, KBAC – one of the preferred and more experienced SA distributors and installers of the system – ensured that although the sub-level deviated to control the water flow, the final paved areas on top were perfectly level.”
InstaCradle, the innovative form of “green” raised flooring, features rubber crumb cradles made from recycled truck and car tyres. The rubber cradles used for this project totalled approximately 9.6 tons of recycled truck tyres – this mean about 194 radial truck tyres were repurposed instead of ending up in a landfill. Concrete pavers 600mm x 600mm and 45mm thick were then loosely placed on a combination of InstaCradle rubber cradles and aluminium battens.
This is a landmark installation and the first of its kind in Africa to utilise this combination of materials.
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