Tilt-up concrete housing makes more sense today than ever before. Victor Greimann, a tilt-up pioneer from Kettering, Ohio, certainly thinks so. Greimann still remembers his first building endeavor with nostalgia. It was 1946, just after World War II. The homes were relatively small, like many so-called GI homes built in great numbers to ease the post-war shortage. "However, ... the market began to change in the 1950s and 1960s. People were becoming more affluent and desired more upscale homes."
At age 76, Greimann says he's a little too old to build tilt-up homes now. But he wouldn't mind consulting on tilt-up. "I think today's housing market may be ripe for reintroduction of a well-designed, relatively inexpensive, yet durable house that doesn't have high construction costs and high insurance rates. Tilt-up is a gold mine just sitting out there, and no one seems to be tapping it."
Tilt-up has many advantages over conventional wood construction. Besides being fire, storm, and vermin resistant, it is less labor intensive and lends itself to fast-track construction. It also is more economical. With computer-aided design, modern equipment, and today's concrete technology, tilt-up housing should be easier than ever to produce for the mass housing market.