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Our building materials, ready-mix concrete in particular, can help customers reduce the environmental impacts of their buildings and meet the requirements of existing certifications, such as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).
We have been actively involved with other industry players in the establishment of the Concrete Sustainability Hub at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). We were encouraged by the first report published by MIT and expect both more information on the sustainability attributes of concrete as well as technical innovations that will result in additional benefits to the industry and society at large.
MIT released preliminary research findings that will help set a new standard in life-cycle assessment (LCA) modeling. The studies, which are part of the ongoing research initiative, will quantify the cradle-to-grave environmental costs of paving and building materials, and will ultimately result in the most comprehensive LCA model produced to-date.
Initial findings in the Buildings LCA have shown that more than 90 percent of the life-cycle carbon emissions from residential buildings are due to the use or operational phase. The study also showed that in residential structures, the use of insulating concrete forms instead of code compliant wood-framed construction can produce operational energy savings of 20 percent or more, with the highest energy savings occurring in colder climates.
The Highway Pavement LCA showed that for high-volume roads, the use phase of the lifecycle can account for up to 85 percent of total carbon emissions. MIT is set to release a follow-up studies that will examine the economic costs to provide the most comprehensive analysis of the total costs of building and paving materials.
We seek to promote social and economic development through innovative, sustainable building solutions that improve people's quality of life.
The intelligent use of concrete as a building material can reduce key environmental impacts that contribute to climate change and other significant environmental issues. Concrete's inherent properties—extreme durability, rigidity, and high reflectivity—make it ideal for large scale infrastructure projects. When we participate in the development of large scale infrastructure projects, a primary focus is on concrete paving for roads and highways.
Concrete pavements, as compared to those built with asphalt, offer the following potential benefits: