How Precast Contributes to Sustainability
August 7, 2020

Categories | Concrete Pipe & Precast, Insulated Sandwich Walls

How Precast Contributes to Sustainability

Accounting for sustainability during the planning and construction processes will contribute to substantial material and energy savings, while reducing pollution. The integrated design of precast concrete allows materials to be used efficiently, in turn, reducing construction waste and site disturbance and making it a durable, resilient solution for any application.

Precast concrete maintains its structural integrity while combating elements such as fires, high storm winds, floods, and harsh impacts and blasts. Because of its hyper-durability, precast can be repurposed or recycled if disasters render a structure unsalvageable. Exterior precast walls can often be utilized in new construction after a fire. With its extended service life and element resistance, precast offers an extended service life with minimal environmental disturbances.

The air quality of precast structures far exceeds that of alternative products. Heating and cooling energy is reduced through the material’s inherent thermal properties. Concrete filters air as it penetrates its exterior, increasing air quality while maintaining low VOC emittance. Green building rating systems rank precast as a leading sustainable construction material.

The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute offers valuable technical resources as part of their Designer’s Notebook series for designers and engineers who construct with precast concrete. Refer to their publication titled “Sustainability” available on PCI’s website.

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