Precast is a smart way to build any type of buildings, safely and affordably. Originally developed in the Nordic countries, modular precast is one of the world’s most common and resource-efficient ways to build. It ensures faster construction times, higher profitability and better quality. Still, requirements for beautiful, modern buildings are not compromised.
Precast – a smart building method
Precast is an industrialized way to build. It means transfer of work from sites to factories. This improves productivity and quality and shortens construction time of a building. In short, precast concrete lowers total construction costs considerably.
Precast also has lower lifetime costs than any other building solution. It is possible due to consistent high quality of industrially produced products. Precast minimizes e.g. structural and facade maintenance needs during years.
With precast, logistics needs are minimal. Precast floors, walls, frames and foundations are transported to a construction site ready-to-install. Logistics is arranged with just one delivery vehicle instead of several raw material transfers back and forth.
All products for a complete building
Precast suits well for any type of building: residential, commercial, industrial, public to name a few. There is a suitable solution for both indoor and outdoor production. The smart match can be found for different capacities, end product and labor needs. Precast can be made into any shape or color and finished with several techniques. This together with longer spans gives architects and other designers more freedom than ever.
Precast can be used as the only building material, but it can as well be combined with steel or be utilized as a composite structure only. Use of precast in a building depends largely on local building traditions and restrictions.
The most common precast products are:
• Façades from sandwich to cladding and gray walls
• Floors with hollow-core, half, ribbed or solid slabs
• Partition and internal walls from Acotec to solid walls
• Foundations with precast concrete piles
• Frames with e.g. beams, columns, slabs, etc.
• Stairs, shafts and other special products
More resource-efficient and flexible than cast-in-situ
Precast offers a safer and healthier working environment. Material handling is easier and less scaffolding is needed. Precast technology works in virtually all environments – cold, hot, moist or dry. Concrete hardens on site basically throughout the year, in temperatures from -15 to +40°C. To avoid too fast or slow hardening in more hot, moist or dry climates, several curing and concrete mixing solutions can be applied.
Quality in precast
As an industrially produced building material, precast is always of the highest quality. In production of precast, selected raw materials are used following carefully designed production process. The controlled environment enables real time monitoring and easy adjustments. The outcome is totally cured, finished and equipped. While precast comes only harder during years, it doesn’t burn, melt, or rot. High quality precast does not breed any harmful microbes, either.