When it comes to green building, concrete is paving the way. Versatile and sustainable concrete can cut your energy bills, filter road pollution, and is 100% recyclable.
””Modern engineering and construction technology have improved the traditional standard of concrete as a building material. Concrete is one of the most efficient and eco-friendly building materials available for construction projects. It can be made from 100% recycled resources, maintains its use and structure over time, and is wholly reusable after its initial purpose is finished.
Efficiency and Durability
Sustainable concrete can be used to create almost any surface. Walls can be pre-formed in a factory as part of a modular building system or built on-site according to the architect’s designs. When properly designed and built, concrete can even be used to build roofs that are highly energy efficient and insulating.
Concrete is the most common material used in foundations, due to its strength and durability. In slab form, pervious concrete can serve as a road, driveway, or parking lot. This type of concrete allows water to run through it instead of holding moisture until it evaporates. In this way, concrete improves road safety by cutting back on standing water that can cause hydroplaning. The water is also filtered as it runs through the concrete, which cuts back on the pollution of our ground water.
Green Building with Concrete
In green building, concrete is the most energy efficient option for building residential and commercial structures. The thermal mass of concrete walls and the tight seals at the seams can keep conditioned air in while repelling extreme outside temperatures. The insulation provided by green building concrete means that your home or office will have fewer hot and cold zones that need to be regulated, which cuts your energy bills significantly.
Concrete also cannot house termites and is resistant to mold, mildew, and other indoor pollutants. Concrete is also fireproof, wind resistant, and rain resistant. This means that your concrete home will last longer and require fewer repairs, which reduces the carbon footprint of home maintenance.
Reuse and Recycle
Concrete produces little or no waste as a building material because it is mixed to order per construction project. The lack of excess cuts back on overages, which is good for your local landfill. It takes multiple decades—in relatively temperate climates—before concrete even begins the process of eroding.
Once its condition does begin to denigrate, concrete can be crushed up to become aggregate that is part of the mix for your next green building concrete project. Concrete can also be broken down into gravel that can be used in driveways or garden paths.
Ask your local concrete supplier at Razorback Concrete about starting a sustainable concrete project today by calling 870-455-0700 for a free estimate.
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