Floor-Anatomy ...

floor-structure is the skeleton, and the floor finish is the skin on the skeleton of the floor


Oh brother anatomy -- no worries, I am not going to bore you with physically disecting the floor.

We just want to peek into the makeup of the floor, no load calculations and stress analysis here either -- this is just to present to you pictorially what is going on behind the scenes.

Floors of Your energy efficient Home / Building Should

  • be structurally sound
  • be cost-effective
  • provide good insulation
  • provide healthy conditions
  • allow minimum air-infiltration
  • be resistant to natural hazards
  • be functional
  • be good looking according to your taste of course
  • ...

There are a number of options for designing the floor systems out there today that will meet the preceding requirements. Let us look at a brief summary of the various materials, configurations and characteristics of such floors.

Concrete In-Situ Concrete Field Built
Wood Precast Concrete Shop Built
Steel Wood joists Combo: Shop & Field
Plastics Steel joists Panelized
Straw Bale Wood Frame / Truss Tilt-Up
Adobe Steel Frame / Truss Laminate Construction
Autoclaved Concrete Light Gage Steel Structurally Adhesed
Grancrete ICF (Insulating Concrete Form) Pressed
... SIP (Structural Insulated Panel) Engineered Lumber
... ... Stressed Skin Construction
... ... ...
... ... ...

It behoves all of us to use energy wisely. And with the enormous increase in energy prices, it also makes economic sense. More energy efficient wall systems such as
  • wood-deck floor over wood joists
  • wood deck floor over engineered wood joists
  • wood deck floor over wood floor truss joists
  • wood deck floor over light gage steel joists
  • wood deck over open web steel joists
  • concrete slab deck over light gage steel joists
  • concrete slab deck over open web steel joists
  • concrete slab over metal deck over light gage steel joists
  • concrete slab over metal deck over open web steel joists
  • insulated concrete deck
  • precast prestressed concrete components
  • Hollow Core conrete deck
  • ....
  • ....
which have a number of variants with unique characteristics and features. The options that provide more energy eficient solutions are gaining in popularity over the traditional plain vanilla wood-deck floor over wood joists.

At Energy Efficient Building Network, we can help you with the floor design-build requirements of your energy efficient building project.

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  • Energy Efficient Floor Structure
  • Floor Finish
  • Design of Floor Deck
  • Design of Floor Joists
  • Design of Floor Beams
  • Design of Floor Finish
  • ....
  • ....

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