Concretebroker

Blog

article title image

Published on 5/9/2017

Published by marketing@concretebroker.com.au

So tell me, is concrete environmentally sustainable?

Now running the Association’s National Precast Concrete Association office from Adelaide, Sarah Bachman gives us some insight


 

Many industry experts believe precast concrete is a superior method of construction when it comes to sustainability, but it’s useful to look at examples, such as why precast was the material of choice by one developer for a luxury condominium.

 

This particular developer evaluated a range of materials options and wanted to deliver a structure that would require minimal maintenance over its life, be fire resistant, require minimal heating and cooling, and would not emit harmful chemical emissions or VOCs over its life. Durability was high on the agenda as well. He chose precast concrete.

This example isn’t foreign. A myriad of structures have been built in Australia using precast concrete for similar reasons. Additionally, many have contributed to achieving five or six Green Star ratings.

A material’s embodied energy is a measure of the amount of carbon (or carbon dioxide) which is embodied in that material. While there’s only a small amount of carbon in a tonne of concrete, the fact that concrete is the most widely used construction material in the world means that it is the material that holds the greatest amount of carbon in the world. That’s where concrete sometimes gets crucified, but there’s more to it than that.

Too often, we get caught up in a debate which focuses solely on embodied energy. We fail to see the whole picture.

What’s important – and it probably explains why concrete is in fact the most widely used construction material in the world – is that there is good reason for justifying the use of a material which, when compared with the total volume of other materials used, contains more aggregated total carbon.

This is where the whole of life approach becomes extremely relevant. What is often not considered (although it has been well documented) is that most of a structure’s carbon emissions are actually emitted over its life, as opposed to the embodied energy that is in the structure at the time of construction.

 

To Read the Full Article Visit  https://sourceable.net/embodied-energy-we-need-the-whole-story/

 

 

Concretebroker provides the tools, information and resources to purchase and pour concrete.
Find what you need to know for your next concreting project here 

 

  HOW MUCH CONCRETE, STEEL AND ACCESSORIES DO I NEED?
   And how much do concrete slabs cost in Australia?

 

 

 

 

  WHAT MAKES A GOOD CONCRETER?
   Are you cut out to be a good concreter?

 

 

 

 

  HOW TO POUR A CONCRETE DRIVEWAY IN THE USA
  How to Pour a Concrete Driveway by Sciulli Concrete
  

 

 

 

 

  
  I'VE NOW GOT PROBLEMS WITH MY SLAB
  What was the cause?
  And how can I prevent it from happening next time?

 

 

 

  HERE'S TEN "DON'T DO'S" WHEN IT COMES TO POURING AND FINISHING CONCRETE
  Inadequate concrete finishing can lead to surface imperfections

 

 

 

 

  WHY DID MY CONCRETE CRACK?
  Who's fault is it?

 

 

 

 

  

  HOW TO POUR A CONCRETE SLAB BY THE FAMILY HANDYMAN
  Watch this clip for some Do It Yourself tips ideal for your next pour

 

 

 

  
  HOW TO BUILD FORMWORK
  With our friends at Bunnings Warehouse we'll show you the basics for building formwork for a concrete slab

  

 

 


  HOW TO LAY A CONCRETE SLAB
  Follow Cement Australia's comprehensive step by step guide to laying your own slab

 

 

 

 TO SEAL OR NOT TO SEAL
 Thinking of sealing or resealing your concrete? Find out what you need to know here

 

 

 

 

  DID YOU KNOW THERE’S A DOZEN THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN ORGANISING YOUR CONCRETE POUR?
  Check in with concretebroker’s dozen before your next concrete pour. Before it’s too late

 

 

 

 

  

  I NEED CONCRETE. HOW DO I CHOOSE A CONCRETE PLANT?
  Concretebroker gives you half a dozen things to look out for when choosing a  concrete plant

 

 

 

  SHOULD I POUR CONCRETE TODAY?
  Every day concretors and construction managers tear their hair out unsure of whether they should or shouldn't pour concrete due to the weather  
  conditions

 

 

 

 

 SO TELL ME, IS CONCRETE ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE?
 Now running the Association’s National Precast Concrete Association office from  Adelaide, Sarah Bachman gives us some insight

 

 

 

  
  CAN I POUR CONCRETE IN THE RAIN?
  We hear much these days about pouring concrete on hot, dry windy day. But what about when it's raining?

 

 

 

  THE CONCRETEBROKER DICTIONARY VOLUME 1 (AUSTRALIAN EDITION)
 Your comprehensive guide to the most popular abbreviations, definitions, phrases, slang and terms used within the industry.

 

 

 

 

  HERE'S HALF A DOZEN HINTS TO HELP YOU BEFORE ORDERING A CONCRETE PUMP
  Concrete pumps can save man hours, time and therefore money, but there are some important things to consider before you hire one

 

 

 

 

  TEN (THATS 10) MINUTE CRACK REPAIR. YOUR'E KIDDING AREN'T YOU? Cracks in Concrete - forget about them in ten minutes - just watch this
  video

 

 

 

 

  

  WOOD CONCRETE - HOW TO MAKE CONCRETE LOOK LIKE WOOD FLOORING
   Is that concrete? Or a timber floor? Watch this video to find out....

 

 

 

  HOW TO LAY A SMALL CONCRETE PAD
  Another look at how to lay a small concrete slab from DIY Network.com

 

 

 

 

 LETS TALK ABOUT STEEL FIBRES
 Mesh sits in the middle of your concrete slab and is quite cumbersome. What do steel fibres do?

 

 

 

 

  EVER THOUGHT ABOUT PLACING A PATTERN ON YOUR CONCRETE?
  BRICKFORM show how to properly stamp concrete from start to finish

 

 

 

 

  HOW TO POUR AND FINISH CONCRETE
 YouTube handyman and alround good guy Russ Richards shows us how to finish a slab properly

 

 

 

 

  NEED A CONCRETE TEST
  Check in with Valley Civilab, our latest member for all your concrete, soil and aggregate testing needs

 

 

 

 

  

  CONCRETE CAN BE A SPONGE FOR AIR POLLUTION
  Concrete surfaces can remove sulfur dioxide, a major contributor to air pollution, from the air, new research suggests

 

 

 

  
  FLOOR COATINGS EXPLAINED
  An overview of floor coatings and a quick look at whats happening in the floor coating market overseas

 

 

 

 
 COLORED CONCRETE IS TAKING OVER AND WE'RE VERY INTO IT
  Pink? Blue? A watercolory ivory? You choose!

 

 

 

 

  TALK TO ME ABOUT CONCRETE AND STEEL ACCESSORIES
  What accessories are used in the standard concrete slab? And where do I buy them from?

 

 

 

  BEWARE THE COLD JOINT
  Cold joints in concrete are your worst nightmare. But how do they occur and how do we prevent them from happening?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah Bachman has spent 16 years in state and national association management roles and 10 in senior marketing/public affairs positions, based both in Adelaide and Sydney. She holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Adelaide. She is a previous Director of Statewide Superannuation Trust, the Australasian Society of Association Executives and the Australian Construction Industry Forum.

 

For related articles at concretbroker visit: 

 

Concrete on Mars, now thats pretty cool : https://www.concretebroker.com/Blog/View/37

Concrete, or beaches? :  https://www.concretebroker.com/Blog/View/48

How and why a photographer encased his latest book in concrete : https://www.concretebroker.com/Blog/View/47

 

 


Tags: concrete concrete Australia environment precast concrete sustainable


This article was written by marketing@concretebroker.com.au all rights reserved. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of concretebroker.com