Concrete is the most commonly used man-made material and comes second only to water as the most widely used substance on earth. It can be found in nearly every building project, from structural components to sidewalks and parking lots. As populations continue to grow and the building sector continues to experience exponential growth, the concrete industry is taking the lead in driving initiatives toward a sustainable future through transparency and innovative concrete solutions.

By better understanding concepts and terminology relevant to a sustainable future; assessing LEED v4, ASHRAE 189.1, and the International Green Construction Code; learning how to specify concrete for LEEDv4; and discovering innovative concrete technologies and products, those in the AEC industry will be better positioned to achieve carbon emissions reduction goals and contribute to the creation of a more sustainable built environment.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand terminology and concepts relevant to a sustainable future, such as environmental product declarations (EPDs), life cycle inventory (LCI), and life cycle assessment (LCA), and the concrete industry’s transparency and sustainability initiatives.
  • Assess the roles of LEED v4, ASHRAE 189.1, the International Green Construction Code, and Architecture 2030 in driving transparency in the AEC industry.
  • Analyze concrete’s contributions to LEED v4 Materials and Resources, as well as how to specify concrete for LEED v4.
  • Discover innovative technologies and concrete products and the ways in which they contribute to sustainability efforts alongside responsible sourcing and material ingredient disclosures.

Pre-Requisite: None.