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Sustainability

Gate Precast is committed to the research and development of product lines that expand the versatility of precast in the pursuit of innovative design.

In the process, Gate meets and exceeds sustainable material standards expected by the modern design community. Working together, Gate and the architecture community are pushing the boundaries of precast, and in the process great things are happening.

Gate’s capabilities extend beyond that of the ordinary precast producer. We are widely known for our design-assist collaboration on numerous projects. With the help of Building Information Modeling, Gate can make design tweaks more easily and efficiently – a necessity in today’s fast-paced world of design and construction.

When it comes to sustainable building design, Gate knows no boundaries. The proof is in its ever-growing list of LEED-certified structures. The company has been involved in more than 200 LEED projects in the last decade and has six Certified LEED Accredited professionals on staff. As one example, Gate’s expertise in Insulated Concrete Panels has helped architects achieve compulsory thermal performance requirements in their building envelope designs. These systems offer encapsulated insulation that negates thermal bridging, provides effective air and vapor barriers, and takes advantage of precast concrete's inherent thermal mass capabilities. Other products such as GATElite and ultra-high-performance precast offer similar sustainable attributes.

As further evidence of its devotion to sustainability, since 2014 all eight Gate plants have qualified for the Environmental Product Declaration (EPDs), This program is overseen by the North American Precast Concrete Sustainable Plants Program. Select programs and funding sources have started to encourage, and in some cases require, EPDs to be eligible to bid and secure projects. This trend is expected to continue; therefore, plants that participate will be able to use the industry EPD to meet project requirements.

Gate has played several key roles in sustainable design, and as such has teamed up with academia on various research and development initiatives. Recently, Gate’s Tennessee plant teamed up with Washington University in St. Louis to create highly specialized ductal lightweight precast walls as a participant in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon. CRETE House, the entry by Team WashU, stood in marked contrast to the other entries of steel and wood. The 995-square-foot structure, which will eventually serve as a long-term residence for scientists at Tyson Research Center, will be built from six large ductal precast widow units. Click for more info.