Concrete is a green material
Whatever it is white, grey or red… concrete at first is green !
The primary ingredients of concrete (crushed stone or gravel, sand and water) account for approximately 90% of the volume of the mix are recyclable materials and are plentiful in most locations. The last ingredient, cement, is also usually produced and available locally.
As concrete is always produced in proximity to its use, this greatly reduces the environmental impact of material transport. In addition, as a made-to-order material, concrete constructions results in less building waste.
Major environmental benefits of concrete
Concrete is produced locally from abundant natural resources
Concrete can be made with reclaimed industrial material that would otherwise burden landfills
Recycled materials in concrete CO2 emissions
At the end of a concrete building or pavement’s usable life, concrete can be recycled.
Concrete’s thermal mass reduces temperature swings in buildings and conserves energy to reduce heating, cooling and infrastructure costs.
Concrete floor are fully compatible to floor heating systems
Polished concrete increases light’s reflexion, decreasing lighting infrastructure and enegergy cost
Concrete structures are durable