Across its whole life cycle, concrete can support more sustainable construction, from the sourcing of materials, the design and operation of buildings and to end-of-life re-use or recycling. Explore more below...
Concrete is highly flexible in Form, Finish and Function and this allows enormous scope in design and construction.
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Concrete buildings are long lasting and require little or no maintenance.
Concrete is readily available. There is no need to rely on long and uncertain international supply chains.
Concrete reflects more of the sun’s radiation than other darker building materials, and this can help keep our major cities cooler.
Concrete is 100% recyclable and can be reused many times over its life cycle.
Concrete naturally absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere over its lifetime, in a process known as recarbonation.
Cement and Concrete plays an important role in the circular economy – utilising materials that would otherwise go to waste.
Concrete stands strong in the face of disaster, it doesn’t burn, is resistant to bushfires and is weather-resilient. This is vital for sustainable buildings and infrastructure.
Concrete’s fire resistance improves the safety of occupants, fire fighters and neighbours. After a fire, buildings can quickly return to use, boosting community resilience .
Concrete is non-combustible – it doesn’t burn, release toxic fumes or produce smoke.
Concrete insulates against noise, supports biophilic design and helps shield against electromagnetic interference, creating healthy spaces for people to live and work in.
Concrete is safe and inert supporting sustainable living environments.
Concrete has the ability to store heat from the atmosphere and release it slowly. Concrete can help passively control the temperature in our homes, making them more comfortable and reducing energy consumption.
Concrete surfaces can be used as a final finish, reducing the need for sealants, carpets and other finishes, but it doesn’t need to be dull! Concrete comes in many colours and textures.
Our Industry has an ambition to reduce carbon emissions and is moving towards a net zero future.