Concrete and sustainability – supporting environmentally responsible decision making

Concrete is the most widely used building material in the world with many architectural and engineering benefits, but also with a high capacity to improve its environmental performance.

The environmental measures that can be taken also improve the performance and durability of concrete, so it can be a win-win situation. One way of increasing durability and performance of concrete is by substituting a portion of the Portland cement with industrial by-products such as slag, fly ash or silica fume. The use of recycled aggregate is another way of reducing the environmental impact of concrete.

note summary
  1. Introduction
  2. Concrete
  3. Environmental impacts of buildings
  4. Minimising environmental impacts
  5. Concrete reinforcement
  6. New technologies
  7. Case studies
  8. Contact details for manufacturers