Sustainability Of Concrete

Sustainability is an ill-defined and vague concept in the construction industry. There are few tools or even metrics available to help decision makers specify one construction material over another in relation to sustainability. One reason for this is the sustainability of concrete, the most widely used material in the world, is still a difficult concept to quantify.

Most sustainability or green voluntary certification programs attempting to qualify sustainable materials have focused primarily on energy, material and water conservation; indoor environmental quality; and site selection and development. While these are all important aspects of sustainable building design and construction, lifecycle does not appear to be an integral part of this definition.

Quantifying sustainability

When selecting a building material, sustainability should be easily quantifiable. One method for assessing the sustainability of a construction material could be to divide its LIFECYCLE by the amount of non-renewable RESOURCES required in its manufacturing process.

“Lifecycle” refers to the durability of concrete, in years. It is linked to fatigue life and other material properties such as shrinkage, cracking, and porosity.

“Resources” refers to the quantity of non-renewable resources used in concrete manufacturing (such as, but not limited to, carbon footprint).

German Plast plays an important role in improving the sustainability of a construction, mostly because its chemistry and materials science differs from the well-established standards of portland cement. It can play a significant role in the sustainability of concrete technology from the perspective of raw materials use, energy demand, carbon footprint, and pavement longevity.

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