Could Green Concrete Change the Construction Industry?

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The construction industry is undergoing a significant adjustment in recent years, with global trends leaning toward more sustainable sourcing and building practices. With green certifications such as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design becoming widely implemented in commercial and residential construction, the industry is adapting to new standards. Concrete is a complex subject when it comes to sustainability. The main material in it is cement, which is a particularly carbon-intensive product. Cement production accounts for 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions . Around 10 billion tons of concrete are manufactured every year. However, scientists all around the world have been working to find an eco-friendly alternative to concrete. Green concrete is often composed of more sustainable aggregates, often replacing portland cement with another substance, such as fly ash . Green concrete production decreases dependence on fossil fuels and requires less natural resources like limestone. The Impact of Concrete Concrete’s impact extends far beyond the energy and resources required for its production. The amount added to undeveloped land is the equivalent of eight New York Cities , annually. However, the path toward a green concrete is anything but linear. While various solutions have been proposed, no single solution has been […]

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