Can using Precast Save Money

Can using precast save money?

The first and most obvious way precast saves money is the massive reduction in labour units for the erection of the frame, this could be as much as a 70% saving on the building of the structural frame on site, no steel fixers, no shuttering carpenters, and no concrete finishers.

This means Health and Safety management on site is improved due to the reduced number of workers. The overall execution time of the project is significantly reduced as is the risk. This means less facilities on site and for a shorter duration.

How can using precast save money compared to traditional construction?

Precast construction creates far less waste than traditional “wet” construction methods which means it’s better for the environment and so is more cost effective. The off-site construction method is less weather dependent than other forms of construction, this means precast eliminates possible delays especially in winter when work on sites may stop or be delayed due to inclement weather.

Design Benefits 

The design of the structure is normally carried out by the precast company, and this helps mitigate towards a lean design, helping to ensure that the building is not over-engineered.

This is possible because in a quality-controlled factory environment it is easy to have dimensional accuracy around placement of re-bar, mechanical connections and better consistency in the quality and curing of concrete.

All these factors have a real and tangible effect on reductions in costs on any building project.

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team addressing a common problem with precast

A Common Problem with Precast

One common problem with precast we found in the past, when a project was being planned, was the lack of co-ordination between the architect, the structural engineer, the mechanical and electrical sub-contractor, and the roofing contractor.

As the precast frame designer and manufacturer, we realised that in the case of most projects, we would have to take the lead, and that is what we normally do now.

Our Approach

Once we have designed and detailed the building, we normally arrange a workshop which includes the mechanical and electrical contractor, the roofing contractor, the external cladding contractor, the architect, and the structural designer.

This workshop is held so we can facilitate approvals of our production sheets. This allows all the affected parties to view the drawings before they are finally put into production. We use Tekla 3D software to view the model and, in many cases, the other contractors are using the same software, so this enables us to overlay drawings on the model to see if there are any clashes.

A typical comment might be “We need an extra service opening on that wall. Can this be accommodated?” We now have the opportunity to examine any queries or issues that might arise.

We have found over the years that our workshop approach is very effective and reduces this common problem with precast projects. We get a lot of the problems ironed out at the start of the job, so it helps eliminate any potential blockages for the good and timely execution of the project for all parties involved.

The Importance of Co-Ordination

The frame or structure of the building is always the Critical Path in the build programme. All other elements of the building programme are effected by the frame programme. So it goes without saying that it is so important to get good co-ordination right from the start to avoid any problems.

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Why using Precast Concrete Panels is ideal for large building projects.

Using precast concrete panels on large building projects offers several benefits. First, it significantly speeds up construction compared to traditional on-site methods. The panels are manufactured off-site while on-site preparations take place, allowing for parallel construction activities. This saves time and enables earlier project completion.

Another advantage is the high level of quality control. Precast concrete panels are manufactured in controlled factory environments, ensuring consistent and precise dimensions and finishes. This reduces the risk of errors and enhances overall construction quality.

Precast concrete panels also provide design flexibility. They can be customised to meet specific architectural requirements, offering various shapes, sizes, and textures. This enables architects and designers to achieve the desired aesthetic appearance and create unique architectural expressions.

 

Precast Concrete Panels in use

 

Durability is another key benefit. Precast concrete panels are highly resistant to harsh weather conditions, fire, and pests. They offer exceptional strength and structural integrity, ensuring the long-term stability and longevity of the building. This reduces the need for frequent repairs and maintenance, resulting in cost savings over time.

Energy efficiency is improved by incorporating insulation into precast concrete panels. The insulation layer reduces heat transfer and improves thermal performance, leading to lower heating and cooling costs. This contributes to sustainability goals and may qualify the building for green certifications.

Using precast concrete panels also enhances on-site safety during construction. With the majority of panel manufacturing done off-site, potential hazards and risks at the construction site are minimised. The panels are lifted into place using machinery, reducing labor-intensive tasks and minimising the risk of accidents.

In terms of cost overall cost savings can be significant. The faster construction timeline, reduced labor requirements, lower maintenance expenses, and improved energy efficiency all contribute to long-term cost savings. The predictability of precast construction aids in budgeting and cost control.

Overall, the use of precast concrete panels on large building projects provides advantages in terms of construction speed, quality control, design flexibility, durability, energy efficiency, safety, and cost savings. These benefits make precast concrete panels a preferred choice for many construction professionals working on large-scale projects.

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