When specifiers choose precast concrete, they get a number of sustainable benefits. In addition to precast being a durable, high-quality product that is easy to install, it often includes recycled content, can reduce site disturbance, uses regional materials and has an extremely long lifespan.
Precast as a building material can be considered a sustainable product, but precast producers have also begun implementing practices at their plants that make their production facilities more eco-friendly. Techniques range from simple changes like replacing inefficient lighting and reducing dust to installing radiant floor heating, solar panels or cisterns for rainwater reuse.
The NPCA Sustainability Committee will be sharing news through a series of case studies. The series, called “The Sustainable Precaster,” will give you a glimpse into the sustainable practices of precast plants across the North America. These examples will help you not only see what fellow precast plants around the country are doing, but gauge the results they are achieving. You can then make an informed decision on which practices you’d like to implement at your plant.
The first case study is now available, and details the use of solar panels at U.S. Concrete Precast Group-San Diego. If you’ve implemented a sustainable practice at your plant, please contact Kyle Kerstiens, NPCA director of Sustainability.