Sustainable Concrete Solutions

  • ID: 2586532
  • Book
  • 224 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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The challenges facing humanity in the twenty–first century include climate change, population growth, overconsumption of resources, overproduction of waste and increasing energy demands. For construction practitioners, responding to these challenges means creating a built environment that provides accommodation and infrastructure with better whole–life performance using lower volumes of primary materials, less non–renewable energy, wasting less and causing fewer disturbances to the natural environment.  Concrete is ubiquitous in the built environment.  It is therefore essential that it is used in the most sustainable way, so practitioners must become aware of the range of sustainable concrete solutions available for construction.  While sustainable development has been embedded into engineering curricula, it can be difficult for students and academics to be fully aware of the innovations in sustainable construction that are developed by the industry. 

Sustainable Concrete Solutions serves as an introduction to and an overview of the latest developments in sustainable concrete construction.  It provides useful guidance, with further references, to students, researchers, academics and practitioners of all construction disciplines who are faced with the challenge of designing, specifying and constructing with concrete.

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Foreword viiProfessor Jacqueline Glass

Preface viii

1 Introduction 1

1.1 Sustainability and sustainable development 1

1.2 The role of the design team in sustainable development 3

1.3 Sustainability credentials of concrete 3

1.4 Book layout and context 8

References 9

2 Challenges and Responses 11

2.1 Introduction 11

2.2 Climate change 11

2.3 Environmental protection 17

2.4 Social progress 32

2.5 Economic growth 41

2.6 Regulatory responses 43

2.7 Summary 50

References 52

3 Conceptual Design of Buildings and Infrastructure 55

3.1 Introduction 55

3.2 Conceptual design of buildings 58

3.3 Conceptual design of infrastructure 94

3.4 Summary 114

References 115

4 Material Specification 118

4.1 Introduction 118

4.2 Assessing environmental impacts of materials 118

4.3 Responsible sourcing of materials 129

4.4 Cements and combinations 131

4.5 Aggregates 143

4.6 Water 149

4.7 Admixtures 150

4.8 Novel constituents 155

4.9 Reinforcement 158

4.10 Special concretes 160

4.11 Specification examples 164

4.12 Key guidance to specify sustainable concrete 165

4.13 Summary 166

Acknowledgements 167

References 167

5 Construction, Operation and End of Life 170

5.1 Construction 170

5.2 Operation 172

5.3 End of life 173

5.4 Summary 174

References 175

Appendix A: Thermal Mass 176

Appendix B: Biomass Substitution 187

Appendix C: Choice of Concrete Slab Options 191

Appendix D: Example on Embodied CO2 for a Building Slab 206

Index 213

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