Sustainable Strategieswith Concrete
Sustainability                                         Environment                                    Society      Economy...
Examples of Concrete Positives/Negatives• Advantages  – Reaches all three tenants of sustainability    (environment, socie...
Strategies•   Thermal Mass and Thermal Resistance•   Stormwater Management•   Economy•   Occupant comfort•   Longevity and...
Thermal Mass• Concrete has  – High capacity to store heat  – Slow transfer of heat• Reduce temperature spikes• Delay tempe...
Solar Collection and Storage Thermal Mass                               OR                                    from The Sus...
Outside temperature                                         Inside (low thermal mass)                                     ...
Thermal Resistance• Standard concrete generally  does not have good insulating  properties when used alone  – Lightweight ...
Stormwater Management• Pervious concrete• Pavers  – Grid, interlocking
Economy• A long-time goal in the  concrete industry
Occupant Comfort• Indoor Air Quality  – low VOCs with concrete as    the finished surface  – No mold growth or rot• Daylig...
Longevity and Resilience• Life cycle assessment (LCA) and cradle-to-grave  (or cradle-to-cradle)• Corrosion resistance / d...
Repair• Large amount of existing inventory• Small amount of money     = Focus on repair                                 fr...
Reduce/Reuse/Recycle• Waste for kiln fuel• Waste in concrete mix• Crush concrete for reuse
Committee 130: Sustainability•   130A: Materials•   130B: Production/Transportation/Construction•   130C: Structures in Se...
Where does your committee fit?•   Longevity and resilience•   Repair•   Reduce, reuse, recycle•   Others?• What is the bes...
from The Sustainable Concrete Guide                                      Questions?
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Aci committee sustainability

  1. 1. Sustainable Strategieswith Concrete
  2. 2. Sustainability Environment Society EconomyCommonly used definition: “…meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” CONCRETE IS BY FAR THE MOST USED CONSTRUCTION MATERIAL IN THE WORLD
  3. 3. Examples of Concrete Positives/Negatives• Advantages – Reaches all three tenants of sustainability (environment, society, economy) – Recycle/reuse, thermal mass contributes to reduced energy demand for HVAC, formable, affordable, …• Disadvantages – CO2 produced in the manufacture of cement • Primarily from release from limestone and fueling the kiln
  4. 4. Strategies• Thermal Mass and Thermal Resistance• Stormwater Management• Economy• Occupant comfort• Longevity and Resilience• Reduce/Reuse/Recycle
  5. 5. Thermal Mass• Concrete has – High capacity to store heat – Slow transfer of heat• Reduce temperature spikes• Delay temperature effects to inside of building• Reduced energy demand• Effective with passive solar from The Sustainable Concrete Guide
  6. 6. Solar Collection and Storage Thermal Mass OR from The Sustainable Concrete Guide
  7. 7. Outside temperature Inside (low thermal mass) Inside (high thermal mass)Temperature lag 1 lag 2 6am 12pm 6pm 12am 6am day night from The Sustainable Concrete Guide
  8. 8. Thermal Resistance• Standard concrete generally does not have good insulating properties when used alone – Lightweight concrete has lower conductivity – Autoclaved Aerated Concrete From concrete.org (PCA) (AAC)• In conjunction with other materials – CMUs, cavity walls, precast sandwich panels, ICFs (insulating concrete forms)
  9. 9. Stormwater Management• Pervious concrete• Pavers – Grid, interlocking
  10. 10. Economy• A long-time goal in the concrete industry
  11. 11. Occupant Comfort• Indoor Air Quality – low VOCs with concrete as the finished surface – No mold growth or rot• Daylighting• Acoustics (transmission reduction)• Occupant comfort• Aesthetics• Heat island decrease from The Sustainable Concrete Guide
  12. 12. Longevity and Resilience• Life cycle assessment (LCA) and cradle-to-grave (or cradle-to-cradle)• Corrosion resistance / durability• Low maintenance• Robust for safety• Adaptable to changing climate
  13. 13. Repair• Large amount of existing inventory• Small amount of money = Focus on repair from The Sustainable Concrete Guide
  14. 14. Reduce/Reuse/Recycle• Waste for kiln fuel• Waste in concrete mix• Crush concrete for reuse
  15. 15. Committee 130: Sustainability• 130A: Materials• 130B: Production/Transportation/Construction• 130C: Structures in Service• 130D: Rating Systems/Sustainability Tools• 130E: Design/Specifications/Codes/Regulations• 130F: Social Issues• 130G: Education/Certification
  16. 16. Where does your committee fit?• Longevity and resilience• Repair• Reduce, reuse, recycle• Others?• What is the best way for 130 to work with your committee?
  17. 17. from The Sustainable Concrete Guide Questions?
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