Moisture and Mould Reduction
Standard concrete slabs can come in contact with the ground. As a result, moisture can
wick through the concrete and contributes to the growth of mould and mildew under
flooring overlays and damages expensive architectural flooring finishes, floor tiles or
carpets. Keeping the top and bottom of the concrete floor slab dry reduces these
problems and reduces excessive moisture in a building which has been associated with
adverse health effects, particularly asthma and respiratory diseases.
CUPOLEX® provides an under slab void and results in minimal concrete contact with the
soil. The unique advantage over any other slab foundation system is the integrated void
spaces under the concrete slab.
There are three major aspects.
Since the void forming components are water-tight polypropylene, they provide an excellent moisture barrier and the under slab void can be vented in soil with high water content.
Water cannot leach up through the bottom of the concrete slab. This is significant for protecting the structure from water damage, concrete wicking and mould.
Ventilating the CUPOLEX® under slab void space will effectively help control to reduce air pollutants, humidity levels, and temperature ranges, all factors that have been linked to human health, learning, and productivity levels.
Vapor Intrusion Protection
Even when soil and groundwater standards are met at some sites, vapours of volatile
chemicals can migrate along subsurface pathways and find their way into neighbouring
buildings at levels that compromise indoor air quality. Long time exposure to such
chemicals can potentially have damaging effects on human health. The extent and
likelihood of adverse human health effects are dependent on a number of factors
including, but not limited to, the concentration of the contaminant and the duration of
exposure. When a contaminant concentration in indoor air is high, it may be possible to
detect it by a telltale odour, and the need for remediation can be recognized early and
applied. However, in instances where concentrations are low and not readily discernable,
the determination of the need for remediation is more challenging.    Source: ITRC
(Interstate Technology & Regulatory Council).
CUPOLEX® having a air void under the foundation lends itself perfectly for the venting of
these harmful gases out of the building envelope and into the external atmosphere.
Radon gas is only an issue near uranium mining areas in Australia however methane gas
emissions are more common.
The CUPOLEX® system allows Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC's), Radon Gas and
humidity or moisture to be passively vented away from the slab.
Developments built on former dump sites with high levels of methane or areas with high
levels of toxicactivity are particularly suited to the use of CUPOLEX®.
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Cost effective greener and sustainable concrete flooring system
  • CUPOLEX® domes are made of recycled polypropylene, they easily inter-connect to create a self-supporting structure acting as a strong form work
  • CUPOLEX® is available in various sizes, it can replace costly engineered fill on some sites and significantly reduce cost.
  • Quick and simple installation of CUPOLEX® can save you time and money. 2 men can put down 150-200m2 per hour
  • CUPOLEX® can provide significant reduction in the volume of concrete and reinforcing steel.
  • Patented dome shaped forms of CUPOLEX® introduce arches into concrete slabs and make it stronger and reduces slab curling and shrinkage cracks.
  • CUPOLEX® domes are stackable and compact. Traditional EPS systems are bulky, light and nasty to the environment.
  • Unlike CUPOLEX® domes, the EPS equivalents can be messy and produce waste.
  • CUPOLEX® provides an absolute barrier and reduces potential for rising damp and moisture which is associated with adverse health effects. Most suitable for projects like schools and retirement homes
  • Reduce Carbon Footprint. This load for 20 home sites will save around 7000kgs of CO2 being emitted from diesel fuel into the atmosphere compared to transporting EPS products
  • High performance and safety is the primary goal of CUPOLEX® systems. It allows men to work on top of the elements with various working loads.