How many of these building investment concerns do you share?
- Structures that will efficiently meet resident needs and expectations
- Structures that can be built quickly and maintained efficiently
- Resilience to withstand severe weather threats to residents
- Durable structures that will tolerate modification and resist abuse
Consider the valuable benefits concrete structural frames can serve your multi-family investment goals:
Concrete offers qualities important for today’s residents including security and numerous upscale finishes now possible economically.
- Many of these expectations can be met effectively with a remarkably economical material – concrete.
- Concrete can effectively mimic far costlier and maintenance-intensive materials.
- Residents get the look and feel they expect without expensive materials.
Flat plate concrete floor systems can lower the height of many vertical systems, which are often far costlier per foot of rise than the structure itself.
- Low floor-to-floor heights provide more revenue space per foot of building height and less cost for all vertical rise systems.
- Concrete flat plates do this effectively and economically.
- In areas with building height restrictions, this benefit can be critical.
Concrete is non-combustible and, because of its low thermal conductivity, protects from the spread of fire.
- While several strategies help prevent fire spread, appropriate material selection denies a fire structural fuel at the source.
- Concrete is inherently fire resistant and will not burn.
- Concrete offers critical protection for residents and firefighters.
Building Code Minimums are not intended to ensure building occupancy following a threat event. If you do not insist on a more resilient “code-plus” design, the minimum will most likely be the result.
- Require “code-plus” design so your building can resist possible threats to residents from severe weather events likely to occur in the region such as: hurricanes, tornados, floods, and earthquakes.
- Concrete frames are economical and reliable for resistance to natural threats.
Concrete is inorganic and, as a result, does not host destructive pests or harbor harmful organic growth.
- Some significant structural and health threats can grow unnoticed for years while damage is done to a building which can be very costly.
- Common environmental threats include rot, mold, mildew, and, destructive pests.
Concrete walls and floors provide the mass required to effectively reduce the transmission of sound.
- Sound transmission is a very common concern for most multi-family residential occupants.
- Economical sound control favors the use of materials with noise mitigating properties.
- Concrete buildings are inherently quiet.
Concrete takes any shape with remarkable efficiency which will also be very efficient to maintain.
- A secure and upscale appearance does not need to be complex or costly.
- Concrete can take any shape and mimic more expensive materials effectively and economically.
- Concrete is also an inherently low maintenance material.
Concrete is often faster from the start with immediate availability, local materials and quicker building occupancy.
- Concrete and reinforcing materials are typically sourced locally and can be supplied very quickly.
- Transportation cost and schedule concerns are reduced.
- Concrete construction also permits more concurrent work – a benefit to construction scheduling.
When durability matters, no building system performs as reliably, or as economically as steel reinforced concrete.
- Concrete surfaces resist abuse exceptionally well.
- The inorganic nature of concrete discourages the growth of costly maintenance headaches like mold and mildew.
- Exposed concrete can be very attractive and eliminates the need for additional surface treatments.
Concrete absorbs vibration from common home electronics that have become a concern for ensuring resident comfort.
- Since today’s home electronics are more prone to generate vibration, the structural system’s ability to mitigate vibration deserves scrutiny.
- Concrete structural systems offer inherent vibration absorption other materials simply cannot.
Daylighting is a popular feature sought after to improve resident comfort and reduce ongoing energy costs.
- Daylighting not only reduces energy costs, it contributes to attractiveness and occupant comfort.
- Concrete provides inherent reflective properties which can be valuable when implementing daylighting design strategies.
- Concrete structures also readily permit popular full-height windows.
Concrete is comfort-friendly as its thermal mass can enable temperature mitigation strategies that can improve comfort and significantly reduce energy costs.
- Concrete’s inherent thermal mass and conductivity helps regulate temperature changes within a building.
- This capacity is being leveraged in many types of buildings around the country as a valuable contributor to Net-Zero energy strategies.
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