Site-cast, or Tilt-up Construction, has been used in commercial construction for almost a century. With advancements in building methods and the availability of mobile cranes, this fast, energy-efficient, disaster-proof, and durable construction method is now making inroads into the residential market.
Homes in Europe, the Middle East, and Australia have been built with concrete – including tilt-up construction – for centuries. Along North America’s West Coast, tilt-up has long been the building method of choice for architects and homeowners looking to create a truly unique personal residence.
Ontario has been slow to adopt the tilt-up method for residential construction, but Tilt Wall Ontario is ready to lead the way. In 2017, our company co-founder designed and built Ontario’s first tilt-up home, a 2,900-square foot, 6-bedroom house, located just outside of Woodstock, Ontario.
✓ Unlimited Architectural Design
Tilt-Up or Site-Cast construction is an ideal method for homeowners and architects looking to design a truly unique personal residence. Site-cast panels can be produced in an almost limitless variety of shapes and sized, including flat and curved sections. Concrete surfaces can also function as the home’s finished surface and can be finished with a variety of form liners, thin brick and block veneers, reveal lines, stains, stamps, and other textures – inside and out. Tilt-Up also allows for fewer interior supports, allowing for large, open spaces and higher ceilings.
✓ Increased Energy Efficiency & Safety
A Tilt-Up home can save up to 35% on energy efficiency compared to traditional wood-frame construction. That’s because the combination of the thermal mass properties of concrete, integrated insulation systems, and reduced air-infiltration results in a truly energy-efficient home. Tilt-Up concrete homes are also virtually fireproof, making them a safe choice for your family residence.
✓ Reduced Maintenance
Concrete is a durable material known to last for centuries, making it an ideal choice for maintenance-free residential home construction. Although the up-front costs of a tilt-up home is around 10 to 20 % higher than a traditional wood frame house, a concrete home will maintain its curb appeal and structural integrity over time, making tilt-up a great investment.
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”Even though tilt-up built houses are indistinguishable from a conventionally-built residence, they are more than 30 per cent more energy-efficient than a traditional wood-frame homes. ”
Site-cast or Tilt-Up construction, in which concrete wall panels are cast on-site and tilted into place, is one of the fastest growing construction mediums available today. The method offers homeowners a cost-effective, energy-efficient, durable residence with unlimited architectural versatility and appeal. Here’s how the method works:
• First, the concrete floor slab or a casting slab is poured on which the tilt-up panels will be built.
• The concrete wall construction begins by laying out the panels on the concrete floor slab. Perimeter forms are set up. Next, window and door boxes are blocked out and set in place. Reveal lines and architectural design are secured.
• If the concrete panels are insulated the outside face will be poured and insulation and connectors are installed.
• Steel Reinforcing is added. Electrical and mechanical conduit is installed. Embeds for structural connections and lifting are put in place.
• Concrete is poured, and the panels are cured.
• Concrete panels are erected, or tilted up, and temporary bracing is installed.
• Structural connections are made and braces are removed.
Abcott Construction LTD. found Tiltwall Ontario Inc. to be helpful & organized. Tilt-Wall was successfully coordinate and install their scope work in a timely and professional manner. I would highly recommend Tiltwall Ontario Inc. to all the general contractors.
The work was completed on schedule by a very professional crew. They come prepared to work and are safety conscious which is a part of the GRC culture. Other subtrades commented on how ''square and true'' the building was which made it a pleasure to work on the next stage of construction. We look forward to working with you on future projects.