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Building with Tilt-Up | Benefits

Tilt-Up Benefits: Reduced Operating Expenses

Concrete's inherent benefits translate well into reduced operating expenses for your new Tilt-Up facility.

Less heat and air-conditioning...

will be required for your Tilt-Up building; and, smaller, less costly mechanical systems can often be used. The thermal mass inherent in concrete reduces the heating and cooling peaks and loads. Insulation systems are available that enable the construction of integral sandwich walls or lightweight interior insulation.

The national Energy Policy Act of 1992 mandates improved energy performance in commercial buildings, and recognizes the effect thermal mass contributes to reducing heating and cooling loads.

You'll have lower insurance premiums because:

  • concrete provides more fire resistance than comparable steel buildings or wood-frame structures;
  • Tilt-Up concrete structures have been shown to withstand wind storms and earthquakes better than comparable buildings of other materials; and
  • security is better with solid concrete walls.

Maintenance concerns are reduced.

Your new Tilt-Up concrete building will require less maintenance. Concrete interiors are less subject to damage, and easier to wash down. The exterior can be left unpainted with no damage from the elements. If painting is desired, it need be repainted only every five to ten years.

About the TCA

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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