SUSTAINABILITY

SUSTAINABILITY

Precast concrete contributes to green building practices in significant ways. The low water-cement ratios possible with precast concrete mean it can be extremely durable. The thermal mass of concrete allows shifting of heating and cooling loads in a structure to help reduce mechanical-system requirements, and because precast concrete is factory-made, there is little waste created in the plant. Precast also reduces construction waste and debris on site. The load-carrying capacities, optimized cross sections, and long spans possible with precast concrete members help eliminate redundant members, and concrete readily accommodates recycled content.