Where a building element acts as two or more of the building elements combined (e.g. reinforced concrete slab that acts as substructure and ground floor), the assessor has a choice between two methods for inputting the elements into the Mat 03 calculator tool:
Method 1: The entire element specification can be entered into one of either element. This produces the worst case scenario.
Method 2: The element specification can be split into notional specifications as if the elements act independently.
Example: a reinforced concrete slab that acts as foundation and ground floor
Method 1: The element specification is input as one of either the foundation/substructure OR ground floor
Method 2: The notional specification as if the slab acts solely as ground floor is entered under ground floor (components of the specification that are ‘added’ to the slab so that it also acts as foundation are removed) AND the notional specification as if the slab acts solely as foundation is entered under substructure/foundation (components of the specification that are ‘added’ to the slab so that it also acts as ground floor are removed)