Jargon Buster

Like any other technical process we enjoy our fair share of jargon so we have collected together the most common terms and phrases in a handy jargon busting list. If you come across anything else you are unsure of please get in touch.


A mixture of sand and stone, one of the main components in concrete.

Brush Grout:

The term used to describe "brushing" grout (water and sand/cement) across the beam and concrete block floor.This will tie the units together and form the complete floor.


Computer Aided Design, the process of designing drawings with the help of computers; all of our drawings are designed using AutoCAD


An overhand. A floor that extends beyond the support from beneath.


A grey powder that forms the "glue" in the concrete.


The distance between centre lines of beams placed in parallel.

Clear Span:

The clear distance between bearing points.

Dead Load:

The maximum constant weight imposed upon the floor.


A Damp Proof Course that is applied to floors to prevent the passing of moisture through the floor beams.

Effective Span:

The clear distance between bearing points plus 100mm.

End Slips:

To support the final block around the periphery of the build, allowing the continuation of the inner skin build (See Products pages).


Expandable Polystyrene i.e. Litecast XT infill panels.


Materials applied to the beam and block to form the complete floor.


A contractor who will carry out work on site, generally anything up to ankle level, ie Roads, Sewers, Ground Floors.

Imposed Load:

The maximum variable weight imposed upon the floor.

Infill Blocks:

Blocks used to complete the floor, by infilling between the beams, these will be either polystyrene or concrete.


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Live Load:

See 'Imposed Load' above.

Loadbearing Wall:

A wall that supports any vertical load in addition to its own weight.

Non Loadbearing Wall:

A wall that is not supported from beneath (the floor beam), to be carried/supported from our floor beams.


A wall that subdivides spaces within any storey of a building or room.


A drawing when viewed from above.

Point Load:

A point where a structural weight is concentrated and transferred to the foundation or concrete beam beneath.


A construction product produced by casting concrete in a reusable mould, which is then cured in a controlled environment.


The production process for overcoming concrete's natural weakness in tension.

Retaining Wall:

A structure that holds back a slope and prevents erosion.


A sand/cement mix applied to the beam and block, this forms the finished floor.

Self Build:

A person(s) carrying out work on their own property, not generally known as being a builder.


See 'End Slips' above.

Slip Bricks:

See 'End Slips' above.

Snow Load:

An additional weight allowance made to floors exposed to the elements.


The supporting structure, i.e. our floor beams.


The term us to describe any structure above ground floor level.

Take Off:

The materials necessary to complete the project.

Tranverse Tested:

The process of testing the crushing strength of a structural product.






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