Going Green with Concrete

Architects, engineers, developers and owners are seeking efficient, innovative building solutions that conserve non-renewable resources. Concrete is being recognized for its strong environmental benefits in support of creative and effective sustainable development. When considering the lifetime environmental impact of a building material, concrete is an excellent choice to meet these goals. Choice of building material is key in reversing the heat island effect, for it is the dense, … [Read more...]

The Green Movement

The green movement has caused changes in the concrete industry and possibly huge problems for the painting, coating, flooring or any industry that would require bonding to a concrete surface. The green movement is forcing concrete producers to increase the use of waste products, such as fly ash, a waste ash from burning coal. This leads us to the question: what is Pozzolan Portland Cement or Blast-Furnace Slag Portland Cement, or What is Green Concrete? Green concrete is concrete made of less … [Read more...]

About Concrete and Moisture Testing

Moisture vapor emission rate (MVER) from concrete has an impact on the type of floor covering used on concrete slabs. A newly poured concrete slab may take as long as a year to fully dry. There are two common methods for testing the MVER in concrete, the calcium chloride test and relative humidity (RH) probes to measure the relative humidity from deeper in the concrete slab. According to the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, the relative humidity tests with RH probes are a more accurate … [Read more...]