Dr. Jeremy Gregory, MIT research scientist and executive director of the Concrete Sustainability Hub, discusses how the versatility of concrete results in a range of performance benefits.
Build a More Sustainable Future
Concrete gives you a lasting return on investment. Nothing is stronger, more durable or more versatile. To build a more sustainable future, we build with concrete.
Making the Business Case for Building with Insulated Concrete Forms: Energy, Safety, and Savings (Print Course)
Combining the strength and durability of reinforced concrete with high performance rigid insulation, insulated concrete forms (ICFs) provide ideal solutions for developers of apartments, condos, hotels, dormitories, and assisted living facilities.
ICFs are cost competitive with wood frame construction on a first-cost basis and offer operational cost savings through lower energy bills and reduced insurance costs among other benefits such as fire resistance and noise reduction. This article makes the business case for building multi-family homes with ICFs.
The Form and Function of Decorative Concrete (Print Course)
Decorative concrete encompasses everything from overlays, inlays, mosaics, stamped concrete, and cast-in-place concrete amongst others. It can be used for swimming pool decks, as highly durable polished floors, and in a variety of vertical applications. Board-formed cast-in-place concrete can function both structurally and aesthetically, and masters such as Ando, Calatrava, and Kahn have mastered its use.
By understanding and analyzing the form and function of decorative concrete, as well as its benefits, limitations, and legacy, architects and other specifiers, will be better equipped to make innovative design decisions.
The Top 10 Ways to Reduce Concreteâ€™s Carbon Footprint (Print Course)
Concrete is the building block of modern society and the most widely used building material. Nearly every structure built today, including buildings, bridges, homes, and infrastructure uses concrete in some way. It provides us with shelter along with places to work, learn and play. It connects us through roads and rapid transit and airports. Water is delivered and treated in concrete structures. Concrete is economical, available everywhere, durable, and versatile.
As demand for building construction continues to increase, it is likely the demand for concrete will also increase. Like all building products, however, concrete has a carbon footprint. This course will analyze the top ten strategies to take advantage of concreteâ€™s benefits while ensuring the lowest possible carbon footprint.
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