Taracon’s insulated precast concrete wall panels are wall panels designed with two layers of concrete that are separated by a layer of insulation. Because of the wall panel’s three-layered structure, it is sometimes referred to as a sandwich wall panel. Each concrete layer, also known as a wythe, can vary in thickness and can be connected with one of many different types of systems. We create insulated precast wall panels based on the architectural and structural specifications of a project. Insulated concrete wall panels typically come with one of three types of insulation sandwiched between its wythes:
- Extruded polystyrene
- Expanded polystyrene
Taracon’s insulated concrete wall panels offer a range of application options for construction professionals building structures that include:
- Residential buildings
- Commercial buildings
- Industrial complexes
- Correctional facilities
- Retail locations
- Educational facilities
Benefits of Using Insulated Precast Concrete Wall PanelsAlong with the wide variety of building options, Taracon’s insulated precast wall panels offer additional valuable benefits:
Construction speedTaracon’s manufacturing process dramatically reduces the time required to erect the envelope of a building. Insulated precast concrete wall panels can be created as a complete system that includes insulation and a moisture barrier as well as an exterior membrane and interior finish. These components come together in one simple to install system that can be erected in much less time than traditional building methods. Our insulated precast concrete wall panels are manufactured on a just-in- time basis, which further eliminates wasted time on site and gets the project to full completion on schedule.
High quality concreteThe main advantage of using insulated precast concrete wall panels manufactured by Taracon lies in the fact that our products are made in a completely controlled environment in our modern production facilities. This allows our concrete components to be cured under the most ideal conditions which guarantees an optimal finished product. The result is a high density and high strength concrete that is consistently superior quality.
Energy efficiencyOur precast concrete products have the ability to transfer a significant amount of stored heat efficiently due to its high thermal mass. Superior concrete structural walls absorb, hold and release various amounts of heat on a continuous basis. This ability helps to reduce the load on HVAC systems during and after construction. Over time, energy costs decline due to the energy efficiency of the structure itself. Utilizing structural insulated concrete walls produces a virtually seamless envelop that further enhances the energy efficiency of the building. The low heat conductivity of the insulating concrete layers keeps the desired heat inside during the winter months while keeping unwanted heat out during the summer.
Low sound transmissionDepending on the type of building being constructed, controlling the transmission of sound is an extremely important factor. Examples of these structures include movie theaters, factories and institutional buildings. Taracon’s structural precast concrete wall panels can be designed to reduce sound transmission to absolute minimal levels or to take advantage of optimal acoustics.
Low MaintenanceOnce the insulated concrete panels are manufactured and erected the completed structure will be practically maintenance free for many years to come. Apart from performing regular checks to ensure the integrity of the waterproofing systems of the structure, ongoing maintenance is limited to having the panels cleaned at the desired regular intervals.
Fire resistanceConcrete is a naturally fire resistant material. At Taracon, our insulated precast concrete wall panels are designed to stand up to hours of fire damage without losing their integrity and to dramatically slow the spread of fire from one location to another during an emergency. The high fire rating of our wall panels typically results in potentially lower insurance costs due to the enhanced safety of the structure.
SustainabilityThe processes Taracon uses to produce our concrete wall panels reduces the amount of cement and water required to complete each component dramatically cutting down on waste.
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