Aside from creating huge savings from construction project to project, concrete is one of the greenest materials used in construction…in virtually ALL stages of its use.
A remarkable alternative to the depletion of precious natural resources, concrete actually helps to preserve the ecological balance. The principal raw material component for cement in concrete production is limestone, which is the most plentiful mineral on the planet. Concrete can also be made with manufacturing facility waste byproducts, such as slag cement and fly ash; and it be created in very specific quantities, ensuring very little waste upon production. Now that’s some serious sustainability.
Additionally, the longevity of building items that are constructed from concrete – such as foundations, walls, walkways, driveways, roads and more – is incredible. Concrete will never rust, rot or burn, as other commonly used building materials can.
Concrete can also be used to build retention walls and as fill to help stop erosion. When used for driveways, sidewalks and parking lots, concrete can even help retain water and replenish water supplies.
Plus, concrete helps conserve energy. For example, structures with concrete walls, foundations and/or floors are more energy efficient because concrete absorbs and retains heat. Additionally, light colored concrete possesses reflective qualities which can help to eliminate the build-up of heat, during the times when you are looking to keep things cool.
If that weren’t enough, once concrete has finally outlived its original objective, it can be recycled. The result is – once again – savings on costs and within the environment.