Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Lead The Construction Industry with Jensen

Precast Concrete is an ancient type of construction material made with concrete cast in a reusable mold or "form" which is then cured in a controlled environment, transported to the construction site and lifted into place. Precast concrete is put together in a factory and then shipped to a site, not poured wet into forms at the assembly site. Although this method was used primarily for commercial buildings in the past, precast concrete walls are now widely used for residential housing projects as well.

The advantages of using precast concrete is the increased quality of the material, when formed in controlled conditions, and the reduced cost of constructing large forms used with concrete poured on site. Precast concrete is capable of higher strength which allows for long clear spans making it especially applicable to structures requiring large open spaces such as parking garages and can also be used as Precast Concrete Septic Tanks. The beauty of this type of precast concrete is it reduces labor and helps to speed up the building process. The material has intrinsic properties of thermal inertia (allowing a more constant temperature both in cold and hot regions) and acoustic insulation.

When one thought of precast, you may imagine that precast materials are rigid and dull. On the contrary, it must be emphasized that precast concrete is an extremely versatile material that can be used to great effect on a wide variety of buildings. Factory production allows a wide choice of surface finishing, colour range and special shapes. Precast concrete is a visually rich material that offers the architect the opportunity to be innovative and obtain design objectives that cannot be accomplished with other materials. Precast concrete is also friendly to downcycling, in which building materials are broken down, because it comes apart with a minimum amount of energy and retains its original qualities.

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