The Benefits of Precast Concrete in Residential Buildings
A Versatile Medium for Residential Buildings
Although it may not be thought of as a traditional material for residential use, precast concrete offers many benefits to the house builder, and also to the residents of the finished building. Concrete can be used to build two- or three-storey housing units with a conventional appearance, as well as the modernistic high-rise and mixed-use developments, particularly suited to inner cities, which are often associated with the medium.
Concrete housing projects can use existing plans, saving expenditure on design and compliance costs, and reducing to a minimum the time needed before building work can commence.
Prevention of Bad Weather Time Loss
As much of the construction process using precast concrete takes place in climate-controlled factory conditions, bad weather presents far less of a hazard than with other building methods, and construction can proceed throughout most months of the year. On-site labour is also reduced, with many projects requiring only a small number of workers.
Savings on Space and Disruption
As precast concrete components are delivered as needed, on-site storage can be kept to a minimum, thus saving on space and making gains in security. Wastage of materials can also be kept much lower, and the reduced number of deliveries will produce less disruption to a residential neighbourhood.
End-User Benefits of Precast Concrete
Precast concrete’s benefits to the end-user include the noted thermal efficiency of this construction material; the sun’s heat is absorbed during the day and later released as the building cools, saving on heating costs, and potentially eliminating the need for air-conditioning. In recent years, this ‘Thermal Mass’ effect has generated increasing interest in precast concrete as a residential building medium, with some experimental concrete-built houses reaching remarkable levels of fuel efficiency.
Alcrete technical experts and design engineers have extensive experience in a wide variety of precast pre-stressed concrete application and can provide assistance at any point from identifying the optimal structure arrangement.
Our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Arthurstown, Ireland spans over 125,000 square foot. It provides an unsurpassed service in terms of speed, precision and quality, resulting in significant cost savings compared to traditional construction methods.
Alcrete Building Systems ensure the highest standards in servicing the needs of each project. We have a highly skilled and experienced Logistics team on hand to ensure that every product is delivered safely and efficiently to site.
Our qualified design team work with major contractors to develop value engineering solutions. Take a look at some of our completed projects here.