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suspended timber floors

Suspended timber floor construction refers to the traditional Australian domestic building method utilising footings and stumps, a framework of timber bearers and joists with the flooring fixed on top.

In more recent years, concrete slab construction has become more widespread for cheaper homes, particularly on flat sites.

In Victoria about 15% of the new home market is timber sub-floors and about 80% for alterations and additions. A timber sub-floor is the chosen method for many builders and consumers because:

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it is simply the best construction method for sloping sites, low-lying areas or sites with poor geological conditions

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it is more cost effective in homes incorporating split-level design

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it provides simple installation of underfloor ducted heating systems

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home owners prefer the warmth and comfort (by comparison slabs feel cold and hard underfoot)

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timber has a minimal environmental impact: low CO2 emissions and a construction method which sits lightly on the land.

To learn more about systems and materials see:

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» Passive solar/thermal bulk: solar radiation definitions
» Thermal performance of lightweight timber-framed houses

suspended floors

suspended floors

suspended floors