Load bearing walls reduce floor slab thickness
Like conventional in-fill walls, Dincel Structural Walling exceeds all BCA acoustic and fire safety requirements. However, unlike those traditional walls, they are also load bearing. Therefore, there is no need for load bearing columns and slabs thickness can be significantly reduced.
Using a column-slab and in-fill wall system, minimum slab thickness is 200mm and mesh reinforcement cannot be used. In contrast, with Dincel the minimum slab thickness is just 150mm and mesh reinforcement is permissible.
Transfer slabs (beams used to transfer the floor loads to the support post and pillars) are also important considerations in apartment buildings. Using Dincel, if party walls are placed at right angles to the building’s aisle way, there is no need for transfer slabs.
All of this translates to cost reductions of up to 25 per cent where Dincel is used instead of a column-slab and in-fill wall system.