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FAQ

  • What is the Formcraft Construction System


    The Formcraft Construction System is a permanent concrete forming system that can be used for load bearing concrete walls and suspended slabs for above or below ground applications.

     

  • What can I build with FORMPRO?

    FORMPRO is a permanent formwork for walls. Typical applications are residential buildings, commercial buildings, factories, warehouses, shopping centres, basement walls, party walls and retaining walls.

  • Does FORMPRO comply with the requirements of the BCA?

    Yes. The system complies with all structural engineering, fire rating, acoustic and energy efficiency requirements and has been tested by NATA accredited laboratories

  • What are the standard module dimensions ?

    FormPro forms are available in a variety of wall thicknesses and configurations. Please refer to our FormPro brochure.

  • Why would I use FORMPRO rather than other walling systems?

     

    The best walling system for below ground conditions  
    Lighter (10 kg/m2), no cranage required, ideal for constructions with access difficulties. 
    Easier and faster to install even by non-skilled labour. 
    Incorporates insulation and ability to easily chase for service reticulation and for easy plasterboard screw fixing. 
    Can be used as deep beams and footings to eliminate costly transfer structures 

    The best walling system for below ground conditions  

     

    • Easier and faster to install even by non-skilled labour. 
    • Lighter (10 kg/m2), no cranage required, ideal for constructions with access difficulties. 
    • Incorporates insulation
    • Ability to easily chase for service reticulation and for easy plasterboard screw fixing. 
    • Can be used as deep beams  to eliminate costly transfer structures 
  • Is FORMPRO faster to build with than other wall systems ?

     

    Yes. Significantly, due to the following: 

    5 Kg for each 1200 x 600mm module, lightweight, easier and faster to handle.

    Reduces the number of trades normally required.

    Eliminates the need for masonry trades.

    Service trades can easily chase into EPS panel with hot knife 

    FORMPRO eliminates floor slab edge boards.

    FORMPRO is not affected by wet weather conditions.

    Significantly reduces the time possibly lost at construction sites due to accidents, access and cranage related issues.

    All of the above benefits equate to fewer workers and amenities on site, which means less time and lower cost. 

    The best walling system for below ground conditions  
    Lighter (10 kg/m2), no cranage required, ideal for constructions with access difficulties. 
    Easier and faster to install even by non-skilled labour. 
    Incorporates insulation and ability to easily chase for service reticulation and for easy plasterboard screw fixing. 
    Can be used as deep beams and footings to eliminate costly transfer structures 

     

  • Is FORMPRO safer to build with than other wall systems?

    FORMCRAFT SYSTEM SAFETY BENEFIT

    Lighter Minimise risk of back injury.
    Quicker Reduce the time exposed to an activity or risk.
    Reinforcement not exposed. Reduction in risk of cuts.
    No stripping of formwork. Eliminates a high risk activity.
    No stripping of formwork Eliminates the risk of crush injuries, cuts and abrasions due to falling objects.
    No stripping of formwork Reduced construction wastes – reduce landfill wastes.
    Eliminate need for vibrator. Reduction in noise pollution (environmental).
    No sharp edges. Reduce risk of cuts.
    Installed by hand and rechargeable power tools. Eliminates the risk of electrocution by using 240V leads
    • Lighter- Minimise risk of back injury.
    • Quicker- Reduce the time exposed to an activity or risk.
    • No stripping of formwork- Eliminates a high risk activity.
    • No sharp edges- Reduce risk of cuts.
    • Installed by hand and rechargeable power tools-  Eliminates the risk of electrocution by using 240V leads.

     

     

  • How can I maximise the benefits of FORMPRO?

     

    FORMPRO is a modular system and its benefits can be maximised by dimensioning wall lengths and heights  to suit FORMPRO modules which will achieve significant cost savings 

    FORMPRO is a modular system and its benefits can be maximised by dimensioning wall lengths and heights  to suit FORMPRO modules, which will achieve significant cost savings.  See FormPro Design Guide

  • How do I brace the FORMPRO walls?

    The base of the forms are restrained by c channel which also establish the location of the walls. We recommend using a proprietary Formcraft bracing system which are srew fixed into the embedded face flates at min 1.2m centers.  See FormPro Construction Manual

  • What is the concrete mix used?

    The minimum 20 Mpa for normal grade concrete with compressive strength at 28 days is recommended with 120mm slump with 10mm aggregate sizes.  Higher Mpa concrete is sometimes specified for high strength applications.

  • What kind of concrete pump should be used?

    The use of boom pump with a reduction to a 2 inch hose is especially recommended. 

  • How are electrical and plumbing services installed?

    FORMPRO usually has a 60mm internal EPS panel and service chase can be easily and neatly cut into the EPS with a hotknife which can accommodate electrical , hydraulic and communication needs.

  • How are windows installed?

    Any type of window system can be installed into the proprietary subframe. The subframe is used to excluded concrete from the openings and provides a waterproofing fin within the opening to prevent wind driven water penetration to the interior of the building..

  • What are the advantages of the system in multi level construction?

     

    he only difference is that all or some exterior, party and corridor walls are employed as load bearing elements. Internal partition walls of sole occupancy units are the only lightweight walls. Blade columns are linked to each other to form walls rather than individual structural load carrying elements. The advantage of FORMPRO in comparison to a conventional frame structure can be summarised as follows:
    o FORMPRO walls support slabs rather than being supported by slabs, thus resulting in lower cost floor slabs.
    o The walls and slabs are all made from the same material, i.e. concrete. This homogeneity achieves similar behaviour of both slabs and walls. 
    o Reinforcement of the floor slabs requires significantly less time and less steel.
    o FORMPRO walls can be employed as deep beams thus resulting in substantially cheaper transfer slabs than in conventional frame systems.
    o FORMPRO walls constructed with concrete slabs require one trade only. The concreting trade can complete the entire building shell without leaving the construction site and the water pipes, power/communication cables etc can be installed at any time without interfering with the concrete trades. 
    o FORMPRO requires fewer workers, less site amenities, and more importantly eliminates a significant number of dependent trades, taking them off the critical path.
    • The formwork system doubles as the insulating elemnt of the walls.
    • The only difference is that all or some exterior, party and corridor walls are employed as load bearing elements. Internal partition walls of sole occupancy units are the only lightweight walls.
    • FORMPRO walls can be employed as deep beams thus resulting in substantially cheaper transfer slabs than in conventional frame systems.
    • FORMPRO walls support slabs rather than being supported by slabs, thus resulting in lower cost floor slabs.
    • The walls and slabs are all made from the same material, i.e. concrete. This homogeneity achieves similar behaviour of both slabs and walls. 
    • FORMPRO walls constructed with concrete slabs require one trade only. 

     

  • Does Formcraft provide technical assistance

    Yes. Comprehensive technical backup is available for architects, engineers, and construction workers. Please see Support

    he only difference is that all or some exterior, party and corridor walls are employed as load bearing elements. Internal partition walls of sole occupancy units are the only lightweight walls. Blade columns are linked to each other to form walls rather than individual structural load carrying elements. The advantage of FORMPRO in comparison to a conventional frame structure can be summarised as follows:
    o FORMPRO walls support slabs rather than being supported by slabs, thus resulting in lower cost floor slabs.
    o The walls and slabs are all made from the same material, i.e. concrete. This homogeneity achieves similar behaviour of both slabs and walls. 
    o Reinforcement of the floor slabs requires significantly less time and less steel.
    o FORMPRO walls can be employed as deep beams thus resulting in substantially cheaper transfer slabs than in conventional frame systems.
    o FORMPRO walls constructed with concrete slabs require one trade only. The concreting trade can complete the entire building shell without leaving the construction site and the water pipes, power/communication cables etc can be installed at any time without interfering with the concrete trades. 
    o FORMPRO requires fewer workers, less site amenities, and more importantly eliminates a significant number of dependent trades, taking them off the critical path.