Insulated tilt-up construction is an economically efficient way of casting wall panels with the Thermomass insulation systems. Panels are produced on-site by using the building floor slab as the primary casting surface. This eliminates the cost of transporting panels to the site, plus it uses local materials and labor.
First, the exterior layer of concrete is poured and leveled. Then the pre-fabricated, pre-drilled insulation sheets are arranged on top of the plastic (unhardened) concrete according to the individual panel drawings. The patented Thermomass connectors are inserted through the predrilled holes. After placing lifting devices, bracing inserts and required reinforcement, the structural wythe is poured.
Once cured, these panels are lifted into place to form the building envelope. The high strength of the Thermomass connectors hold the sandwiched layers of concrete and insulation secure during the entire process.
This video from Bob Moore Construction illustrates the entire process.
Insulated Tilt-Up Resources
For more information about tilt-up construction, visit the Tilt-Up Concrete Association’s overview video. The panels constructed on that project are not insulated, but the process and benefits of building with tilt-up construction are covered in depth.
Thermomass is a proud member of the Tilt-Up Concrete Association.