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What You Need to Know About Concrete and Green Building

Concrete and other cementitious materials have both environmental advantages and disadvantages. As builders and designers, should we be looking for alternatives or embracing concrete over competing materials?

This special report takes a look at how these materials are made, presents the key environmental considerations relating to their production, use, and eventual disposal, and describes ways to reduce their environmental impacts.

The latest on concrete constituents, applications and products

Overview: What are the green pluses—and minuses—of concrete.

Environmental considerations: How to weigh concrete’s ecological drawbacks and advantages.

Thermal performance: Thermal mass... or thermal bridge?

Reducing environmental impacts: Ways to minimize concrete’s environmental and toxicological footprint, enhancing its green attributes.

Using fly ash in concrete: Can you use fly ash as a viable alternative to cement?

Autoclaved aerated concrete: Widely-used in Europe, is it right for your project?

Polished concrete outshines other flooring options: A functional, cost-effective, environmentally responsible innovation.

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