Technology

Concrete is our matter

Nowadays, the usage of concrete prefabrication in the building sector is considered a cheap, durable, performing and versatile method both structurally and architectonically as it is respectful of the environment.
The industry of prefabricated concrete has been able to adapt to the needs of our modern society.
In modern times, the development of the civil-building sector has been strongly influenced by the easy access to information, by means of global communication, automation and industrialization.
These processes have a wide implementation in the prefabrication of concrete products.
The efficiency of the productive process has always been, and today more than before, in search for the combination of the plan with the construction method.
The only way to evolve from the traditional high intensive work systems to the modern systems of prefabrication is to apply the industrialization approach to the building process.
The sustainability is the main problem that every industrial business has to face; in the building sector, prefabrication is often the solution.
All cycles are better controlled; the use of the materials and energy is optimized; time, noise,  waste and dust are reduced with a beneficial impact on the environment.
The potential of the industrialized prefabricated concrete systems implemented on structures is great.

The designers who have no knowledge of these systems often consider prefabrication as a mere alternative to the traditional building system “in situ” and reduce it to simple construction in the factory of parts of the building to be assembled eventually, so as to respect the original construction designed according to the traditional method. This is not correct.
Each building system has its features which, in different ways, concern the structural layout, the mesh, the stability, the performance, etc.

The use of the pre-compressed system with harmonic steel cables is nowadays a widely applied method and it has been experimented on for decades, showing that, when the materials are checked, the results are durable and safe.
The prefabricated concrete buildings generally have excellent fire resistance, in particular if compared to steel buildings, as steel requires higher costs and periodical maintenance to guarantee the same fire resistance.

The advantages of reinforced concrete prefabrication

  • Fast construction time.
  • High fire resistance (without using superficial protective treatments).
  • Optimal thermo-insulation features.
  • Structures for severe loads (for multi-level buildings).
  • Wide internal free spaces with no pillars (span up to 30 m).
  • Reduction of maintenance costs.
  • Optimal ratio quality-cost.
  • Cost certainty.

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