A well designed concrete building will use the thermal mass of the concrete structure and help maintain a constant temperature inside the building to help reduce the need for heating & cooling.
Precast Concrete offers durable, flexible solutions for floors, walls and even roofs in every type of domestic construction from individual cottages to multi-storey apartments.
This method is poured off site and transported to site and craned into position. This choice can be limited by site access, required finishes and design demands
In-situ concrete also offers durable, flexible solutions for floors, walls and even roofs in every type of domestic construction from individual cottages to multi-storey apartments.
A common finish for In-situ concrete is called "Off form". This method gives you the texture of the formwork on the finished concrete. Common textures are ply or timber with a grain.
This method has advantages and disadvantages and choice is determined by site access, required finishes and design demands.
Tilt-up wall panels are cast on a horizontal surface on site and require simply tilting up to a vertical position with a crane to their final location. This method can be limited by weather, space on site and can be a slower method than off-site pre cast.
Insulating concrete forms (ICFs) are proprietary modular units in the form of interlocking blocks or panels, made from polystyrene or polyurethane foam and filled with concrete.
Thermal mass is the ability of a material to absorb and store heat energy. A lot of heat energy is required to change the temperature of high density materials like concrete, bricks and tiles. They are therefore said to have high thermal mass. Lightweight materials such as timber have low thermal mass. Appropriate use of thermal mass throughout your home can make a big difference to comfort and heating and cooling bills.
Thermal mass can store solar energy during the day and re-radiate it at night.
Thermal mass, correctly used, moderates internal temperatures by averaging out diurnal (day−night) extremes. This increases comfort and reduces energy costs.