Precast concrete cladding produced in accordance with CPCQA and CSA standards has a life expectancy of 60+ years and is generally regarded as being maintenance-free. In addition to appearance, it is designed to provide weather protection, thermal performance and fire resistance.
Architectural precast concrete panels have been produced off-site for many decades and are increasingly being specified to clad a wide range of new buildings including commercial and civic office schemes, residential, retail and leisure developments as well as hospitals and schools. Despite this trend, there are many building projects that fail to benefit because the advantages of precast cladding construction are not fully considered at an early enough stage.
The direct and incidental advantages of precast cladding construction are many and varied. Importantly, they valuably contribute to enhancing quality and safety, to improving efficiency and productivity and to providing programme and price certainty. Innovative advances in production methods and significant investment in labour and plant resources enable architectural precast concrete panels to be provided in an ever increasing range of finishes and facings, shapes and sizes to suit the specific requirements of individual building projects finishes and facings, advantages include: