How well do you understand the thermal properties of precast concrete? A recent report from the NPCA notes "Thermal properties continue to grow in importance with the increase in development of energy-efficient and net-zero-energy-use buildings."
Here are three key take- aways from the report.
- Thermal mass–Precast concrete walls essentially absorb heat during the day and release it at night, thus reducing HVAC loads on the building.
- Thermal conductivity–Unlike something like a cast iron skillet, precast concrete does not conduct heat at a high rate.
- Environmentally conscious construction is becoming mainstream–"Owners, specifiers and builders are more focused than ever on designing and constructing energy-efficient and durable buildings."