FORMWORK FOR MODERN, EFFICIENT CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION

FORMWORK FOR MODERN, EFFICIENT CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION

Concrete construction has gone through
significant changes since the early 1990s
and continues to develop. Innovations in
formwork, concrete as a material, and
reinforcement developments are just three
of the contributors to what has become a
significantly quicker, safer and less wasteful
form of efficient construction.
A BRE study of innovation in concrete frame
construction, funded by DTi, highlighted the huge
impact that formwork innovation has had on speed
and efficiency since the mid-1990s1,2. The study
also highlighted how modern formwork systems for
concrete structures have evolved to help meet the
demands of the construction industry and its clients.
These include demands such as cost, speed and
efficiency, which have always been important to
industry and will continue to be so. However, more
recent drivers for sustainability have widened the
demands to also embrace environmental and social
concerns.


Modern engineered formwork solutions have
achieved step-change improvements in most of these
areas compared with the bespoke timber-based types
of formwork widely used up to the early 1990s.
This publication describes the main types of
modern formwork systems that are widely available,
considers their applications, advantages and main
features related to health and safety, and sustainability
performance. This information is intended to inform
building industry professionals, particularly those
involved with housing provision. Flats are forming
an increasing percentage of new dwellings (currently
about 45%) and many are constructed in concrete
using efficient formwork systems.

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