Concrete: The Environmentally Friendly Choice
Alongside a series of other benefits, such as cost efficiency and being aesthetically pleasing, concrete is also the sustainable choice! Concrete is comparatively energy efficient, has the potential to replenish nature's water sources, and decreases overall waste. If you want to please the eye, replenish your wallet and protect the environment, concrete is an ideal choice!
Concrete is durable. Because concrete structures do not rust, burn or rot, building with concrete produces long-lasting structures. In fact, concrete lasts two to three times as long as other materials! Furthermore, when concrete does finally crumble, it can simply be crushed and recycled as a high quality aggregate.
Additionally, concrete is made from recycled materials. Manufacturing by-products, such as fly ash, slag cement and silica fume, can all be used as core ingredients when producing cement. Therefore, concrete reduces waste in landfills!
Turns out that concrete is a very energy efficient material! It has specific thermal mass properties which allow it to absorb and retain heat more efficiently than other building materials. Concrete walls also leak less air than those made from other materials, such as wood. This means that homes or commercial buildings with concrete walls, ceilings or floors are highly energy efficient. This is good for the environment, and for your wallet!
As a light colored material, concrete reflects more solar radiation than other materials (such as asphalt). Therefore, light-colored concrete pavements and roofs absorb less heat and reflect more solar radiation. This reduces energy cost; another example of how concrete helps the environment and your wallet.
Many sustainable products are expensive, difficult to come by or unappealing. Being a friend to nature requires sacrifice. Yet, with concrete there is no trade off; it is cost effective, available and visually pleasing. When you choose concrete, you're not only helping yourself - you’re also protecting our environment!