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Tilt-Up Basics: Insulated Panels

Highly energy-efficient walls can be created using any of a number of insulation systems in conjunction with Tilt-Up construction.

Insulated Tilt-Up panels are a rapidly growing market providing new opportunities to experienced and new Tilt-Up contractors. Several proprietary systems enable contractors to insulate panels during their construction or after the building is erected.

The basic forming and pouring process must be modified slightly to accommodate the sandwich wall systems. Higher side forms are needed to accommodate the insulation, and some systems require concrete placement on separate days.

Tilt-Up sandwich panels with as much as 6 inches of insulation and R values of 30 can be built. Usual applications include coolers and freezers.

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Founded in 1986, the Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA) strives to improve the quality and acceptance of site-cast Tilt-Up construction, a method in which concrete wall panels are cast on-site and tilted into place. Tilt-Up construction is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States, combining the advantages of reasonable cost with low maintenance, durability, speed of construction and minimal capital investment. At least 10,000 buildings, enclosing more than 650 million square feet, are constructed each year using this construction method.

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