Sustainable, thermally efficient, and having low life-cycle costs, a precast wall system is an excellent building solution in today’s environmentally-conscious climate. Additionally, unlike other building and framing materials, precast does not release toxins when exposed to fire. Plant fabrication contributes to an accelerated construction schedule as well as less job-site waste and congestion. The use of precast concrete reduces the heat-island effect and provides thermal mass, which delays heat transfer through building walls and moderates indoor temperature fluctuations as outdoor temperature varies. Along with lowering heating and cooling costs, this helps to meet stricter energy requirements. With integral insulation, high-performance sandwich panels further reduce energy consumption, forgoing the need for extra insulation. Typical R-values can range from 8 to more than 18.
While several of EnCon Companies’ projects are LEED® certified, the environmental and manufacturing conditions at their plants are closely monitored and PCI certified. The production of precast concrete elements, including Structural Plus walls, takes place under precisely controlled conditions. This makes the control of manufacturing, waste, emissions, and noise levels easy compared with similar processes at a building site. Also, inherent in precast is the ability to batch exact amounts of concrete required for each pour thereby reducing waste.
Integral insulation is energy efficient and allows for durable interior and exterior surfaces. This saves resources by not requiring additional elements for interior finishes.
Structural Plus walls have a long life cycle and are reusable to accommodate future occupancy changes.