Tilt-up construction is common in the commercial and industrial building sector and it is becoming more popular in the housing sector as a construction method.
Tilt-up construction is a form of precast construction walls where panels are built on the ground on site, lifted and placed, then propped in position while the roofing structure is installed and the panels are joined. It is a quicker and cheaper construction method than traditional masonry (brick) walls, and is very well suited to building on small blocks with zero lot lines.
Rather than having 2 or 3 bricklayers on site for a week or 2 (or longer), tilt-up panels can be erected quickly and efficiently, saving time and money. Tilt-up avoids potential construction delays in the delivery of bricks which is a problem that has plagued the industry over the last twelve months. Scaffolding costs are also lower.
Safety issues are a concern with tilt-up panels on site. Several accidents involving the collapse of unsound walls have led the state government to introduce a Code of Practice and regulations governing the method of construction. Reputable builders generally have well documented drawings and work safety plans which can deliver potential cost savings on your new home.
Master Builders runs safety courses for tilt up construction.