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, dark-colored structures which attract sunlight and retain it for long periods of time. Green rooftops, with their landscaping and incorporation of natural materials, are ideal in their resistance to heat absorption. The oxygen-releasing properties of trees and plants results in an even lower surface temperature.

  • Concrete structures are durable.
  • Concrete helps achieve LEED certification.
  • Concrete’s thermal mass reduces temperature swings in buildings and conserves energy.
  • Concrete can be made with reclaimed industrial materials that would otherwise burden landfills.
  • Recycled materials in concrete reduce CO2 emissions.
  • At the end of a concrete building or pavement’s usable life, concrete can be recycled.
  • Waterproof concrete provides insulation to reduce building energy use and lower  the heat island effect.
  • Green Roofs allow storm water run off by absorbing rain, reduces air pollution by processing airborne toxins and re-oxygenerates the air.
  • Impervious concrete roofs support green landscaping, reducing water runoff and reducing heat island effect
  • The lighter color of concrete reduces the heat-island effects- a phenomenon which has increased with urbanization. It refers to the fact that man-made structures tend to attract and retain heat at a higher rate than is normal in nature.

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