Sustainable, thermally efficient, and having low life cycle costs, a total precast structure or even a precast wall system is an excellent building solution in today’s environmentally-conscious climate. Plant fabrication results in enhanced recycling opportunity, reduced construction time, and less job-site waste, all of which have less of an impact on the landscape. Unlike other building and framing materials, precast concrete does not release toxins when exposed to fire.
Concrete provides thermal mass which delays heat transfer through building walls, floors, and ceilings. This delay moderates indoor temperature fluctuations as outdoor temperatures vary. The reduced peaks in demand lower heating and cooling costs, helping to meet stricter energy requirements. With integral insulation, high-performance sandwich panels further reduce energy consumption, forgoing the need for extra insulation and wall thickness. Typical R-values can range from 8 to above 18.
Sustainability is the capacity to endure. In ecology the word describes how biological systems remain diverse and productive over time. For humans it is the potential for long-term maintenance of well-being, which in turn depends on the well-being of the natural world and the responsible use of natural resources.
Sustainability has become a wide-ranging term that can be applied to almost every facet of life on Earth, from local to a global scale and over various time periods.