In North America, wood fences have been the predominant fence building material for years. The Pilgrims built their first fence in 1622 – a nine-foot-high wood fence spanning a half a mile – and native people had been building wood fences long before that. Wood fences are such a part of our history that the...
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When building a wall or fence with sustainability in mind, you need to consider how the wall or fence is being built and how it will act in the future. What materials are they made from? What process is followed to make them? How will the materials and methods impact the operation and use of...
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Precast concrete is an excellent building material that has recently been gaining steam in the United States. How well precast concrete walls do under seismic loads depends largely on the quality of the precast concrete and the quality of the design. High-quality materials and a high standard of production help improve how the walls and...
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We are all looking to cut costs on our projects without sacrificing quality. When comparing concrete options, precast walls tend to be less wasteful and more environmentally friendly than other alternatives. In fact, using precast concrete walls instead of on-site pouring can provide a cost savings of up to 23%, respectively. Furthermore, most project owners...
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Precast walls are made by pouring concrete into forms of specified dimensions to make a whole wall in one piece. Concrete Masonry Units (CMU or precast concrete block wall) are typically 8” X 8” X 16” blocks that can be stacked to form walls. Both are made from concrete, but depending on your project, schedule,...
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The market for 3D printing is growing fast, and by 2020, it’s expected to bring in more than $21 billion globally. That’s an impressive leap, considering the industry was generating $4.1 billion in 2014 (that makes for a 31% growth rate). And now, as 3D printing technology matures and new applications are discovered, what started...
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Concrete is one of the most used materials today for construction projects. Its versatility and easy availability make it the first choice for a number of construction projects. Not only can it help insulate a building, but it provides better soundproofing than many other materials. This improves the comfort level of any building. But comfort...
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Infrastructures around the globe depend on concrete for their existence. But traditionally, concrete hasn’t been considered eco-friendly. Until the advent of precast concrete, that is. The manufacturing process reduces the high-carbon emissions that have driven innovators to find newer, more sustainable building materials. Best of all, it’s built to last, reducing the need for upkeep,...
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Most of the world is built from concrete. But in today’s world, architects, engineers and public works professionals need a solution that offers more affordability and versatility than traditional concrete. Precast concrete—which iscast into a mold and dried in a controlled environment before installation—is quickly becoming a popular alternative to the concrete of the past....
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