Precast Flooring Federation
PFF promotes flooring products across all building sectors, focusing on key benefits such as precast flooring’s excellent performance characteristics in terms of acoustics, fire, thermal mass and robustness, as well as speed of construction. In addition, PFF members provide health and safety, quality and sustainability benefits to their clients.
Members commit to comply with the Codes of Practice for both safe stressing and the safe installation of precast concrete flooring and associated components. This commitment provides a positive differentiator for PFF members working in a marketplace that increasingly recognises the importance of health and safety. In 2017 the PFF completed its update of the Code of Practice for safe installation before turning its attention to a review of the Code of Practice for safe stressing.
Technical work underpins much of the marketing activity but also addresses issues in product standards, building regulations, queries from designers, contractors, clients and building control, and guidance for designers.
The two specific areas for marketing activity are upper floors in housing and flooring on steel framed structures. The speed of installation and thermal mass benefits of precast floors on steel frames continue to be the basis for a compelling case. Three technical articles were published in The Structural Engineer magazine in April, May and June 2018 on the subject of precast flooring in steel frames. The articles have been combined into a technical guidance document ‘Precast concrete floors in steel framed buildings’, which can be downloaded from the publications area of the PFF website.