The value of concrete is environmental, social and economic. The aggregate, cement and concrete industries are making advances in reducing energy consumption, water use and greenhouse gas emissions. The industry provides safe and healthy work environments and contributes to the multi-billion dollar construction industry.
Concrete is fire and termite resistant, flood resilient, robust and strong. It is manufactured from abundant and naturally occurring materials. It is durable and long lasting and does not release any toxins. Concrete can be formed into infinite shapes and can be used to construct an unlimited array of buildings and structures that can be attractively finished.
Above all, concrete enhances our social fabric, is environmentally beneficial and is extremely economical. Concrete is the foundation upon which our communities are built. Concrete is the Responsible Choice.
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|Concrete the responsible choice
Concrete is, quite literally, the foundation upon which our modern societies and economies are built. Concrete - the responsible choice is the story of this industry, its products and its commitment to sustainable development.
|Briefing 11 - Sustainable Concrete Materials
Concrete is the most commonly used construction material in the world today. Concrete's constituent materials occur naturally in all parts of the world. In Australia it is manufactured from local materials using local skills and expertise. Concrete has been used in the construction of durable bridges, roads, water‑supply structures, medical facilities, housing and commercial buildings to give people a social foundation, a thriving economy and serviceable facilities for many years.
|Briefing 12 - Thermal Mass Benefits for Housing
Thermal mass is the ability of a material to absorb and store heat. Concrete's high thermal mass, as part of an integrated passive solar design approach, can significantly reduce heating and cooling energy requirements and the associated green house gas emissions. It makes economic sense for householders to invest in a thermally comfortable home that will provide cost savings for the rest of its life. This Briefing demonstrates that concrete is the responsible choice for energy efficient and sustainable homes.
|Briefing 13 - Sustainable Concrete Building
The design and construction of sustainable buildings involve striking a sensible balance of social, environmental and economic considerations. Concrete, in its many forms, is a versatile building material that can provide many sustainable benefits by virtue of its economic, thermal mass, durability, fire resistance, acoustic performance, adaptability and recyclability. Choosing the appropriate method of concrete construction for the particular type of building will ensure these benefits are utilised to deliver the most sustainable outcome.
|Briefing 14 - Sustainable Concrete Infrastructure
Concrete is the most economical, enduring and fit-for-purpose building material; delivering strong performance across the three pillars of sustainability – social, environmental and economic. Without concrete, efficient and affordable infrastructure to service large cities would not exist.
|Briefing 15 - Sustainable Concrete Roads
Roads help to develop, maintain and sustain civilisation. They are the arteries of a nation providing transportation vessels for the life blood of society through the delivery of food, clothing and raw materials. They are the foundation for trade, industry and commerce, and travel for business and leisure. While roads sustain civilisation, choosing to make them from concrete is a sustainable and responsible choice.
|Briefing 16 - Quiet and Comfortable Concrete Homes
As the land available for homebuilding becomes increasingly scarce, and the size of house lots becomes smaller, we are forced to build our homes closer together and nearer noise sources such as highways and railways. This document outlines why concrete is the responsible choice for creating quiet, comfortable and sustainable homes.
|Briefing 17 - Concrete Slab on Ground & Energy Efficiency
The ground floor of roughly ninety per cent of Australian homes is of concrete slab-on-ground construction. However, the intrinsic thermal advantages of concrete slab‑on-ground construction, and the consequential energy efficiency it delivers, are often not understood by designers, builders or home owners.