Building green with concrete is becoming more popular because of all the attention being given to sustainable construction these days. Using recycled materials in the concrete mix is making the term "green concrete" part of our everyday language in the concrete building industry.
When most people think of concrete, they think of cement, sand, aggregate (rocks), and water. What they don't know is most of (if not all) these materials can be recycled or supplemented with other recycled materials to make as good or in some cases better concrete. This newer "greener" concrete doesn't deplete our natural resources like before and is a great way to build an environmentally friendly home without compromising strength or beauty.
With new advanced concrete crushing equipment, old concrete can be crushed and used as aggregate in new concrete mixes. Supplementary cementitious materials like fly ash and slag are replacing some of the cement content in the mix reducing the overall need to produce so much of this material.
"Green" building with concrete means finding ways to design concrete mixes using recycled materials that are as strong or stronger than concrete mixes that use all new ingredients. Using recycled water, crushed concrete aggregate, and supplementary cementitious materials greatly reduces our carbon footprint and provides for a great sustainable building material.
Since concrete can be used for so many areas in and around the home like concrete walls, concrete patios, concrete driveways, concrete countertops, and concrete floors, green building with concrete should be considered for your next project.
Here are a few good reasons to build with concrete:
1. Most concrete is produced locally using local natural resources.
2. Concrete can be made using waste products from industrial plants that would otherwise end up in landfills.
3. Using recycled materials to make concrete helps reduce CO2 emissions.
4. Concrete's light color reflects light during nite time hours reducing lighting and energy costs.
Here is some more information related to building with green concrete:
Check out this GREEN CONCRETE mix.
How do you make CRUSHED CONCRETE AGGREGATE?
What is FLY ASH CONCRETE?