Best Practices For Pouring Concrete In The Winter

Best Practices For Pouring Concrete In The Winter

Contrary to popular belief, concrete can be placed, finished and cured at any temperature, even sub-zero temperatures. You just have to take extra precautions. That’s because if you allow the concrete to freeze before it has cured, you face trouble.

First, a quick refresher course on concrete curing. Concrete transforms from a liquid to a solid material through a chemical reaction. The colder the temperature of concrete, the slower the speed of the reaction. In winter, your enemy is the clock. The concrete needs to harden as rapidly as possible to resist the pressures caused by water freezing within the concrete.

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5 Ways To Improve Construction Safety During The Winter Months - Tilt Wall Ontario

5 Ways To Improve Construction Safety During The Winter Months

The bad news is that winter is a high-risk time for construction workers.

In the US in 2014, there were 42,480 workplace injuries and illnesses involving ice, sleet or snow that required at least one day away from work to recuperate. If you consider that winter lasts roughly four months (November through February), this means there were 10,620 injuries or illnesses a month, or 354 a day.

The good news is that many winter-related workplace injuries and illnesses can be prevented. Here are five steps you can take at your job sites to improve your winter safety performance.

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Tilt-Up & Steel Construction A proven framework for warehousing structures - Tilt Wall Ontario

Tilt-Up and Steel Construction: A Proven Framework for Warehousing Structures

Steel construction has been a traditional and respected building method for many years in Ontario and it is one of the main competitors for the Tilt-Up and Precast Industries. But the use of steel in construction is not necessarily exclusive of concrete or blocks.

In larger or more sophisticated projects, various raw materials and construction methods are frequently used together. In fact, steel, concrete and tilt-up construction can be used together to provide the best quality and value.

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The Technical Aspect of Tilt-Up Concrete Reinforcement

Tilt-up construction is well known as a preferred building method for warehouses and big-box stores, but thanks to its economy, simplicity, and durability it is now becoming the method of choice for other commercial projects including schools, churches, and office buildings.

These types of projects are a great way to showcase tilt-ups architectural versatility, but they also increase the importance of keeping concrete cracking in the site-cast wall panels to a minimum.
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Tilt-Up for Educational Buildings. A Challenge or Opportunity?

When the school bell rang at Ottawa’s Broadview Public School in September 2016, it signaled the beginning of a new year in a brand-new building.

While students and teachers marveled at their school’s eye-catching exterior, wide corridors, and sun-filled common areas, they were probably unaware that the project was completed using tilt-up construction.
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Tiltwall - Energy Efficient Concrete Tiltup Buildings

A Look at Energy Efficient Concrete Tilt-up Buildings

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 life cycle 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.
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