paul1974

SIP floor ventilated or not

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Hi,

 

building a garden studio with SIP panels. Floor and walls 100mm, roof 150mm.

Size is 4x3m

 

The base is a full concrete slab same size 4x3m. 150mm subbase + 100mm concrete (not insulated)

 

Can I:

a) lay the SIP floor on the concrete with a DPM membrane in between? Membrane will be wrapped up the wall 1 foot height.

or

b) do i have to ventilate between the concrete base and the SIP floor? Also using a membrane to wrap the base. 

 

I'm trying to minimize height, so i'd rather go with option a) if possible, but not sure re the ventilation. 

If i have to go with option b), what size gap? and can i use lines of bricks rather than wooden rafters to avoid wood degrading over time?

 

Not an expert, so thanks for any help.

 

Paul

 

 

 

 

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Firstly. Welcome to the forum. 

 

I've never heard of a SIP floor being used ever? Why do you want that? 

 

If it for insulation then just use insulation? An idea of your planned build up would be helpful here. 

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I'd do away with the concrete slab and use a  pier and beam foundation or a strip foundation with block rising walls. 

 

I wouldn't rest timber based products on the ground DPM or not.  If not ventilated and in contact with the ground it will rot.

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i wasn't keen on pier and beam foundation (or ground screws even) mainly because of pests/rodents potentially nesting under there. but i may reconsider. 

 

55 minutes ago, Iceverge said:

strip foundation with block rising walls

With this strip approach, not sure if i understand exactly, but is there concrete strips dug along the ground and then blocks on top of these strips?

 

I tried to represent below my understanding, but please correct me: 

 

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Topsoil removed around the perimeter to create a trench. Pour filled with ready-mix concrete. Blocks built to elevate the sips to leave ventilation underneath. 

 

It's the cheapest way if you have time to kill and don't mind a bit of suffering.  To create a rodent proof base.

 

I would just leave it high enough that a cat could get in there! 

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sips floors used often in russia where permo frost is prevalent -- house is built on plies and then all sips construction floors walls and roof 

you will find plenty of examples on u-tube of DIY houses constructed this way 

using both OSB panels and MGO ones

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I had a garden studio shed built out of SIPs including the floor and installed by a couple of Canadians where it is more common.

They just put in some concrete piers and built off that. I didn't worry about vermin underneath and didn't have a problem (or maybe I just didn't notice the damage being done!).

 

Anyway if the concrete base isn't already installed I'd definitely do that - much cheaper and provides the ventilation it needs.

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