The U.S. Department of Energy identified precast concrete systems as the optimal wall panel system for developing more energy efficient, resilient places where people live and work. This course will examine how the precast concrete industry and Oakridge National Laboratory are collaborating on a research project that will advance building envelopes using lightweight, more energy efficient precast concrete insulated wall panels.


Learning Objectives

  • Examine how the precast concrete industry and Oakridge National Laboratory are collaborating on a research project that will advance building envelopes using precast concrete insulated wall panels.
  • Discover what precast concrete is and how precast insulated wall panels contribute to an energy efficient building envelope.
  • Understand the importance of an efficient building envelope and review past performance issues of precast insulated wall panels.
  • Explore how cooperative research and development can yield a lightweight, energy-efficient building envelope while remaining cost neutral.

Prerequisite: None.