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TOTAL PRECAST: SUSTAINABLY DRIVING THE PRODUCTIVITY REVOLUTION

WITH THE CASE FOR PRODUCTIVITY-ENHANCING METHODOLOGY IN THE CONSTRUCTION SPACE BECOMING INCREASINGLY COMPELLING; TOTAL PRECAST CONCRETE STRUCTURES OFFER SUSTAINABLE AND EFFICIENT OUTCOMES, WRITES NATIONAL PRECAST ASSOCIATION CEO SARAH BACHMANN.

It is widely understood in the offsite space that building a structure from manufactured prefabricated components improves productivity by up to 10 percent.

With many contractors continuing to focus on maximising margins rather than improving productivity, time, cost and quality requirements come unstuck. The focus on lowest prices often results in longer construction programs and less than optimal quality outcomes.

Occupying a status as one of the oldest forms of prefab, smart operators are increasingly realising the productivity improvements precast delivers, while producing sustainable outcomes for communities.

In particular, total precast structures are gaining ground as a way of capitalising on precast’s potential. They’re being used for many types of structures including apartments, parking structures, retail developments, offices and industrial buildings.

Total precast was specified for 41X, the Australian Institute of Architect’s national office in Melbourne. Precast manufactured by Euro Precast.
Total precast was specified for 41X, the Australian Institute of Architect’s national office in Melbourne. Precast manufactured by Euro Precast.
Precast concrete is one of the oldest forms of prefabrication. Shown here is National Precast member Alpha Precast’s factory.
Precast concrete is one of the oldest forms of prefabrication. Shown here is National Precast member Alpha Precast’s factory.

 

Total precast structures can combine architectural and structural precast concrete components to create sustainable structures. The design approach can take several forms, including precast columns and beams with panelised cladding or load-bearing precast walls, precast floors, precast service cores and precast stairs.

“Total precast structures can combine architectural and structural precast concrete components to create sustainable structures. The design approach can take several forms, including precast columns and beams with panelised cladding or load-bearing precast walls, precast floors, precast service cores and precast stairs.” Sarah Bachmann, CEO, National Precast Association.

The use of total precast in a structure combines the benefits of rapid construction with improved onsite safety through structures that are durable and robust, fire safe, energy efficient and architecturally superior. These are the reasons why public buildings like schools and convention centres, as well as high-rise residential buildings, have been specifying precast concrete for years.■

Sarah Bachmann, National Precast CEO

 

 

 

 


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