Sustainability Benefits of Concrete!

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Sustainability Benefits of Concrete

It is easy to overlook the use of concrete in society. Concrete plays a vital part in our daily lives and in a functioning society. Its benefits to society are immense, being used to build our schools, hospitals, apartment blocks, bridges, tunnels, dams, sewerage systems, pavements, runways, roads and more.

Few people realize that concrete is, in fact, the most used man-made material in the world, with nearly three tons used annually for each man, woman, and child. Twice as much concrete is used around the world than the total of all other building materials, including wood, steel, plastic, and aluminum. None of these other materials can replace concrete in terms of effectiveness, price, and performance for most purposes.

Even fewer people are aware of the many environmental benefits that using concrete brings.

It is vitally important to develop products and systems that can be used to construct more durable, energy-efficient eco-buildings, and concrete can be used to do just this. Concrete, with its strength, durability and excellent thermal mass, should be a key component in eco-buildings of today and the future. In May 2008, The Guardian in the United Kingdom featured the first zero-carbon house developed by a volume housebuilder, in which concrete plays a critical role in maintaining internal temperatures.

The CSI has established a new working group to explore the qualities of concrete that will contribute to a more sustainable society.

Locally Produced and Used: The relative expense of land transport usually limits cement and concrete sales to within 300km of a plant site. Very little cement and concrete are traded and transported internationally. This saves significantly on transport emissions of CO2 that would otherwise occur

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Characteristics of Concrete

  • Strength and Durability
  • Versatility
  • Low maintenance
  • Affordability
  • Fire-resistance
  • Relatively low emissions of CO2
  • Energy efficiency in production
  • Excellent thermal mass
  • Locally produced and used
  • Albedo effect
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4 Responses

  1. Will
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    Thank-you so much for posting this! Just a post I needed today

  2. Tiffany Locke
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    Thanks for explaining how concrete is the most used man-made material in the world since it’s more effective, cheaper, and has better performance for most purposes than other options. Since this is the case, it would probably be a good idea to consider using concrete products whenever you’re starting a constructor project or something else that could use it. Once you’ve figured out if you want to use it, it might help to check online to see if the type of product you need is available in this material and can be used for what you’re doing.

  3. Diana
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    This is truly a great read. This could . be a big help for me

  4. Tim Yaotome
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    I find it cool when you shared how a zero-carbon house exists that is made out of cement that can also be resistant against fires while produces low CO2 emissions at the same time. If I wanted to have a custom house built using it in five years, I would have to look for a supplier as early as possible. Doing this will help me get it done right while saving time and energy in erecting each wall too.

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