The Sustainable Use of Concrete

Koji Sakai, Takafumi Noguchi

August 30, 2012 by CRC Press
Reference - 188 Pages - 128 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780415667203 - CAT# Y117489

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Features

  • Provides historical background on the importance of concrete
  • Discusses the relationship between sustainability and concrete
  • Explore all sustainability aspects related to concrete and construction
  • Supplies examples of sustainability evaluation systems
  • Reviews the current state of concrete sustainability technologies
  • Contains examples of advanced sustainable concrete technologies
  • Examines future perspectives on concrete sustainability

Summary

Cement-based concrete has excellent properties as a construction material, and the raw materials of cement—rocks, and limestone and clay—are bountiful. Yet its production generates high quantities of CO2, making it a potentially unsustainable material. However, there are no alternatives to concrete and steel as basic methods for development of socioeconomic infrastructure at this time. Highlighting sustainability issues in the construction industry, The Sustainable Use of Concrete presents guidelines on how to move toward sustainable concrete construction.

The book begins by clarifying the historic background and meaning of sustainability, after which it outlines areas that need to be considered in connection with sustainability in the concrete and construction field. It examines environmental, social and cultural, and economic aspects, then considers an evaluation system of sustainability. The authors include various tools and ISO standards, and then explore technologies for sustainability, with case studies and examples that promote understanding of current technologies.

Although the construction sector, in the broadest sense, has come to recognize that infrastructure development over the past two centuries has been unsustainable, it has been slow to adjust. Comprehensive information and relevant practical guidance are very scarce. This book lays out a roadmap for creating a human-friendly and safe environment with low environmental burden.

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