Why is Concrete a Good Material?
Building owners won’t have to worry about constant repairs or maintenance with concrete as a construction material. A cost-effective, sustainable option for both residential and commercial buildings, concrete is versatile, long-lasting, and durable.
When concrete is used in construction, it will last a lifetime. Concrete is a material that gets stronger over time. Concrete’s 100-year service life conserves resources by reducing the need to rebuild. The durability, resistance to weathering, erosion, and natural disasters of concrete make it an excellent investment. It also requires little maintenance and little repair on the building, resulting in a solid return on investment.
In addition to being safe and secure, concrete is also healthy. Concrete does not burn since it is an inert building material. Moreover, it is not a breeding ground for rot and mildew. A low-emission product with excellent indoor air quality that doesn’t emit volatile organic compounds. Airborne pollutants such as pollen, dust, and other pollutants are prevented by good construction.
For designers, engineers, and contractors, concrete is a known quantity. Contrary to new materials or systems that could compromise health and safety, concrete resurfacing techniques have been refined over time and are well understood.
Concrete’s structural integrity provides additional protection against earthquakes and severe weather. The solid construction of concrete and its thermal mass provides superior protection from the effects of outdoor temperature changes, resulting in a draft-free interior environment and consistent room temperatures throughout the year.
It is important to have a peaceful and quiet building so that the occupants are comfortable and feel private – good walls and floors make a big difference.
Over a building’s lifecycle, operations typically consume 85% of all the energy a building consumes. Building energy-efficient structures with concrete is one of the most efficient and cost-effective methods available.
Over 20% of the total building cost can be saved through a sustainable concrete building. In concrete buildings, most of the energy can be captured from solar energy and lighting fixtures, for example. Also, thermal energy from the building can be captured.
Those who are environmentally conscious look for durable building materials that leave the least environmental impact. A long lifespan and the availability of locally available, abundant materials make concrete a responsible choice for a sustainable future.
From beginning to end, recycling is an integral part of the concrete life cycle. The cement kiln and concrete mixes can be altered by using wastes and industrial byproducts that would otherwise end up in landfills. The recycled material can be used to make new concrete by being ground down or used as aggregate in roadbeds.
By using supplementary cementing materials and heating the cement kilns with waste products, 210 kilograms of CO2 are avoided during conventional concrete production. In addition, the carbon footprint of concrete is further reduced thanks to continued research and development. Portland-limestone cement (PLC) is referred to in the 2010 National Building Code. The manufacture of PLC reduces CO2 emissions by about 10% compared to portland cement, and the resulting concrete is as strong and durable as conventional cement. Another recent development is the development of new photocatalytic cement, which binds nitrogen and sulfur oxides in the air into insoluble salts, reducing urban smog. Additionally, these properties reduce the need for exterior cleaning of buildings significantly.
The optimal use of concrete for energy efficiency
The thermal mass of a concrete structure can reduce heating and cooling energy requirements by more than 29% when combined with active radiant heating and cooling systems.
Cobalt Engineering reports that heavy frame buildings (concrete) produce energy savings ranging from 20 to 25% compared to light-frame buildings (wood) in various locations across Canada. A Stantec Consultants report compares the energy use of a building constructed in the 1960s with one built using modern energy-efficient thermal mass concepts. The University of British Columbia studied the effects of this type of concrete building on energy consumption, comparing it to older designs of similar buildings without active energy systems.
Governments and developers use concrete buildings to meet sustainability goals. “Green roof” projects can be easily supported because they reduce urban heat islands.
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