Concrete 101

Sustainability

Concrete is an efficient resource. The predominant raw material for the moment in concrete is limestone, while is the most abundant mineral on earth. Concrete can also be made with fly ash, slag cement, and silica fume, all of which are waste by-products from power plants, steel mils, and other manufacturing facilities.

Concrete is a durable choice. A structure built with concrete will be long lasting and durable, because concrete doesn’t rust, rot, or burn. The life span of concrete building blocks is often double or triple the life span of other common building materials.

Concrete reflects heat. Concrete’s reflective nature helps minimize the effects that cause urban heat islands. By using light-colored concrete, you are able to absorb significantly less heat, and reflect more solar radiation than dark-colored materials such as asphalt. This can bring major savings to your air conditioning bill.

Concrete is an energy efficient material. Homes built with concrete walls, foundations, and floors are highly energy efficient because they take advantage of concrete’s inherent thermal masseur ability to absorb and retain heat. This means homeowners can significantly cut their heating and cooling bills and install smaller-capacity HVAC equipment.

Concrete creates minimal waste. Concrete can be produced in the quantities needed for each project, reducing waste. After a concrete structure has served its original purpose, the concrete can be crushed and recycled into aggregate fur use in new concrete pavements or as backfill for road base.