A Look at Energy Efficient Concrete Tilt-up Buildings

Speaker(s): James Baty
Category(s): Construction
Credits: OAA: 1

One of the largest contributors to energy waste in a building is heat loss or gain through walls, roofs, doors and windows. The energy efficiency of the building envelope is a major consideration in an analysis of it’s lifecycle costs. The mass of an internally insulated concrete tilt-up wall panel makes it a significant thermal reservoir having the ability to store a large amount of heat energy.

During the heating season, an internally insulated concrete tilt-up wall panel will absorb interior heat during the day, radiating the warmth back into the building’s interior during the night, the same principal in reverse holds true during the cooling season. An internally insulated concrete tilt-up wall, by storing and later releasing the energy needed for heating or cooling, delivers year-round energy benefits. The session will be an in-depth look into how an internally insulated concrete tilt-up wall can greatly improve the energy efficiency of the building envelope.

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