Carbon-Fiber Grid Reinforced Precast Concrete Enclosures to Be Exhibited At National Trade Show

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CarbonCast on display at AIA 2012 National Convention and Design Exhibition in May 2012

Award-winning CarbonCast® enclosures by AltusGroup (altusprecast.com), a nationwide network of 14 precast concrete manufacturers, will be exhibited at booth #1248, AIA 2012 National Convention and Design Exhibition, Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C., May 17-19, 2012. Products offer remarkable performance, sustainability and aesthetic versatility for commercial and multi-family applications.

CarbonCast High Performance Insulates Wall Panels, Insulated Architectural Cladding and Architectural Cladding incorporate C-GRID®, a non-corrosive epoxy-coated carbon fiber grid with relatively low thermal conductivity. C-GRID replaces traditional steel mesh as a connector between wythes and/or flexural reinforcing in insulated sandwich wall panels. It enables these products to be thinner, lighter, more durable and less costly overall than conventional precast and other building systems:

  • CarbonCast High Performance Insulated Wall Panels provide exceptional thermal and moisture protection as load or non-load-bearing exterior walls. Fully structurally composite panels offer continuous insulation to meet ASHRAE codes with hundreds of finish options.
  • CarbonCast Insulated Architectural Cladding offers weight reductions of about 40% compared to solid, 6” thick precast. Its design is based on the extensively tested CarbonCast High Performance Insulated Wall Panel.
  • CarbonCast Architectural Cladding is insulating, back-ribbed and up to 50% lighter, for a reduced superstructure and foundation. It offers deep window recesses and other articulations without a weight penalty.

AltusGroup precasters also manufacture CarbonCast Double Tees with non-corrosive C-GRID in the flange reducing weight up to 8% while offering superior durability, strength and crack control. Use of C-GRID eliminates the need for epoxy or sacrificial barrier coatings and corrosion-inhibiting admixtures. Fire tests also prove double tees meet ASTM E119 requirements for a one-hour fire rating.

More than 500 commercial building structures have been installed with CarbonCast including Proximity Hotel, the nation’s first-ever LEED® Platinum certified lodging establishment, totaling in excess of 20 million square-feet of surface area.

About AltusGroup
The first-ever national partnership of precast companies, AltusGroup was founded to develop, manufacture and market precast innovations like the breakthrough CarbonCast product line featuring C-GRID® carbon fiber grid reinforcing. With more than 30 structural and architectural locations in the United States, AltusGroup companies have an unparalleled national network of manufacturing plants, technical staff and sales personnel. CarbonCast has been honored with ARCHITECT magazine’s R+D award in addition to recognition as an innovative product in Architectural Record, Transmaterial and other media outlets. Architects, engineers and contractors will get the help they need—and the quality and performance they expect—when they select reinforced CarbonCast products. For more information, visit altusprecast.com or call 866-GO-ALTUS.

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