Precast concrete, a highly efficient, practical method of concrete construction makes beautiful buildings possible at a cost that rivals even the most utilitarian industrial building. Understanding some of the benefits of precast concrete will assist designers in evaluating the impact of precast concrete on the environment and the building operation.
Precast concrete offers an efficient delivery model for your project; allowing building construction to proceed while the design is developed.
Precast concrete can take nearly any shape or size, be manufactured in virtually any color and comes in a wide variety of finishes. With precast, you are limited only by your imagination.
Precast concrete products are manufactured off-site, under roof and are delivered ready to install when needed. This innovative process compresses project schedules, reduces safety concerns, reduces site disruption and reduces overall project costs by requiring fewer trades for construction and fewer people on site.
Precast concrete structures provide superior resistance to fires, natural disasters, insects and mold. Like no other building material, its resistance to rain, wind damage, earthquakes, termites and decay provides lower maintenance and insurance costs. It can also withstand many winters of freeze-thaw cycles better than other building materials.
Costs associated with heating and cooling can be greatly reduced through concrete’s thermal mass benefits. Reduced peak heating and cooling loads can be achieved because concrete reacts slowly to changes in outside temperature
The exterior of a precast concrete structure can be left unpainted without damage from the elements. If painting is desired, repainting is needed only every five to ten years. Precast concrete interiors are less subject to damage and easier to wash.
Because of concrete’s density, precast buildings absorb sound making it an ideal choice for commercial and residential buildings.
With offices increasingly wired for information technology, it is good news that precast buildings do not interfere with radio signals, local Wi-Fi or internet networks. This makes precast the most technology-friendly building material.
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Precast concrete is completely recyclable, making it an environmentally friendly choice.
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Precast concrete is a high performance material that integrates easily with other systems and inherently provides the versatility, efficiency, and resiliency needed to meet the multi-hazard requirements and long-term demands of high performance structures.
Choosing precast concrete during the design build process can provide a multitude of architectural, construction, and design benefits. Whether you are designing commercial structures, residential structures, parking garages, bridges, or another type of structure, consider precast concrete as your building material of choice.
High performance precast concrete inherently provides versatility, efficiency, and resiliency.
|Virtually any color, form, and texture
||Minimal site disturbance
||Long service life
||Barrier wall system
|Long open spans
||Low life-cycle costs
||Indoor environmental quality
||Reduced and trades
||Passive fire resistance
||Meets FEMA 361
Precast concrete provides excellent versatility in aesthetics, structural design, and use. Precast concrete provides a number of architectural benefits. It comes in almost any color, form and texture, and can also be veneered or embedded with natural materials. It can also be utilized as the primary structural system saving material, time, and money. Precast concrete can also provide greater open spans by reducing the number of interior columns thereby increasing flexibility in the use of the floor space.
Precast concrete provides efficiency in use of materials, construction, and operation. Precast concrete is the fastest building system available, and minimizes negative effects at the project site. Precast also provides a very thermally efficient and almost maintenance free envelope that helps reduce overall lifecycle costs. Precast concrete has been used in a variety of projects focused on sustainable design due in part to its efficiency benefits.
Precast inherently provides a high level of resiliency which protects against multiple hazards such as fire, severe storms, explosions, and even earthquakes. Precast also does not contain any VOCs or provide a food source for mold which helps maintain a healthy indoor environment. It is also a great sound insulator and can help maintain more uniform indoor temperatures thereby improving occupant comfort.