Green Concrete Mixes

Green Concrete Mixes

Because it is produced locally from abundant natural resources and can be recycled at the end of its usable life, concrete is naturally an extremely environmentally-friendly material. It also has a light color and heat absorbing properties that tend to make buildings constructed out of concrete more energy efficient as well. Green concrete mixes take this one step further by utilizing reclaimed industrial materials such as fly ash, slag, and recycled aggregates that would otherwise burden local landfills. When considering the lifetime environmental impact of a building material – from extraction, through production, construction, operation, demolition, and finally recycling – concrete is an extremely responsible choice.

Common Green Concrete Projects:

  • Pervious concrete percolates storm water back into the soil, recharging aquifers and preventing polluted runoff from overwhelming streams and lakes.
  • Use of Insulating Concrete Forms for above-grade wall systems provides for increased R values, reducing heating, cooling and infrastructure costs.
  • Impervious concrete roofs support green landscaping, reducing water runoff and reducing heat island effect.

Frequently Asked Questions about Green Concrete

Green concrete uses fewer resources, which means that your overall impact on the ecosystem will be dramatically decreased. Furthermore, green building involves the use of recycled materials, like steel, to further decrease your use of resources and because it involves less waste, it places less stress on over-burdened landfills and reduces CO2 emissions. Building eco-friendly homes or commercial buildings creates a domino-effect which, over time, can ultimately become the foundation of a healthier and more sustainable ecosystem.

It is estimated that as much as 25% of the overall increase or decrease in the internal temperature of a traditional home is the result of heat passing through the walls. Using energy efficient building materials like green concrete and energy efficient windows helps to keep the internal temperature in and the external temperature out. This can potentially reduce the rate at which the internal temperature increases or decreases to as low as 4% to 10%.