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Increased economic and employment instability in Australia due to the COVID-19 pandemic has discouraged investors from beginning new construction projects.
Due to temporary measures taken to limit the outbreak, the development of new homes fell to recessionary levels between March and June of 2020, lowering their value. However, as the world goes back to normal, construction trends improve, leading to increased demand for construction supplies and activities.
There has been a dramatic increase in demand for single-unit (detached) dwelling buildings, spurred on by government stimulus and shifting housing tastes.
In Australia, tilt panel construction is a standard method of construction due to its cost-effective technique, and it takes less time to complete. This explains why more than 650 million square feet of tilt panel construction takes place every year.
What is Tilt Panel Construction?
Tilt panel construction is an economical and efficient construction option. There are several ways to create a tilt-up structure. The most common is to use the building floor as the building form, although this can be replaced by a temporary concrete casting surface close to the building’s footprint.
Structural components (roof, intermediate floors, walls) must be secured before they are “tilted” to their vertical position with a crane and braced into place.
Residential and commercial applications can benefit from tilt-up construction. Many previous projects have been completed from this method, such as educational and religious institutions and industrial and retail buildings.
Advantages of Using Tilt Panels
The energy consumption of structural precast panels can be reduced by 30%.
Boosts Local Economy
It is common for precast concrete to employ locally obtained resources such as cement, coarse and fine aggregates, and steel in its construction.
Strength and Flexibility
Precast buildings may be used in auto shops, microbreweries, and churches with their modular form. The only restriction is the creativity of the property owner.
After a thorough assessment and measurement, frames are easy to assemble. An experienced crew can install as many as 30 panels per day.
Precast concrete panels for structural applications are high-strength concrete reinforced with prestressed steel strands. Precast also stands up to Mother Nature’s fury, withstanding tornadoes, flying missiles, and winds reaching speeds of up to 250 miles per hour with ease.
Concrete is an excellent fire-resistance material; it simply does not burn well. Precast concrete wall panels have a two to four-hour fire-resistance rating and can withstand high temperatures. Precast walls are also resistant to the effects of high-temperature chemical fires.
As a result, precast wall panels are frequently used as separators in warehouses to safeguard items stored on the other side of fire-prone regions.
Can be Customized
Concrete thickness can vary according to your architect’s specifications.
The traditional construction method, called cast in place, is the more “conventional” type of concrete pouring, in which cement trucks come on-site, and personnel pours the mix into a designated area once it has been mixed.
However, this requires more logistical cost and tends to be not as sturdy because it is not reinforced by steel, unlike precast panels.
With the expected financial boom this coming year, consider Tilt panel construction. Again, the benefits outweigh the traditional method. It is less expensive than the poured concrete, and the ease in the installation will generate labor savings as well.