With high versatility, rapid construction, and unparalleled energy efficiency, insulated precast wall panels, aka sandwich wall panels, have become increasingly popular in a number of building applications, including educational, residential, medical, retail, commercial, governmental, correctional, and industrial.
Along with nearly unlimited building potential, let’s take a look at the main advantages of insulated precast wall panels.
Like all of our precast concrete products, precast wall panels are delivered to your construction site install-ready. Acting as a building’s complete envelope, including insulation and a moisture barrier as well as an exterior membrane and interior finish, insulated precast wall panels come have the potential to be erected in significantly less time than traditional cast-in-place methods.
Constructing each individual component of a building’s envelope on site takes significant time and resources. It also increases a project’s vulnerability to unforeseen factors, such as poor weather, worksite accidents, improper poor, etc. By taking advantage of our controlled environment production, you are guaranteed quality, cost reduction, and speedy installation.
Due to precast concrete’s high thermal mass, the property that enables materials to absorb, store, and release heat, it possesses the ability to efficiently transfer large amounts of heat.
What does this mean for a building’s energy efficiency?
Acting as a thermal sponge and dampener, insulated concrete wall panels absorb large amounts of heat during the day – without dramatically increasing the concrete’s inherent temperature – and slowly release this heat at night. This phenomenon keeps internal temperatures consistent and greatly reduces the heating and cooling loads of a building’s HVAC system. Important to all, but especially Midwesterners, precast wall panels keep buildings cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
Over time, this consistency and efficiency reduces energy costs and increases the HVAC system’s lifespan. Efficiencies not possessed by other building materials.
When it comes to fire resistance, concrete is far above other common building materials. For example, traditional concrete walls use drywall as insulation. Drywall is extremely flammable and quickly deteriorates. Moreover, as drywall deteriorates, it quickly emits harmful chemicals into the surrounding environment. Insulated wall panels significantly delay the release of chemicals into the environment. Today’s precast insulation has also been designed to be toxic free and environmental-friendly.
Additionally, insurance costs are reduced when compared to ‘stick-built’ structures.
Sustainability and environmental friendliness are extremely important to us. With controlled environment production and install-readiness, insulate precast wall panels present the following reductions to a project’s impact on the environment:
- Reduced amount of cement and water needed for production
- No need for on-site storage or space
- Minimal debris and site disturbance
- Reduced labor and material = reduced waste
- Minimal maintenance
With quality control at the forefront of precast concrete’s production, insulated wall panels are nearly maintenance free building components. Aside from performing periodic integrity checks on the waterproofing and caulking system, maintenance is essentially limited to a desired cleaning schedule. Our precast wall panels carry a minimum service life of 75 years. With minimum maintenance comes reduced labor and repair costs.
Insulated precast concrete wall panels have provided the construction industry with hasty, environmentally-friendly construction, all while remaining virtually maintenance free. With the evolution of the concrete industry in mind, we highly encourage contractors to take advantage of precast concrete’s structural, architectural, environmental, and energy-saving benefits.