Concrete is quickly becoming recognized the world over as the most green material to use in construction.
- Concrete draws upon some of the earth's most common and abundant minerals for its raw materials.
- The amount of land used to extract the materials needed to make concrete is only a fraction of that used to cut down our forests for lumber.
- Concrete projects require almost no imported fuel oil in materials production as opposed to asphalt.
- Concrete is one of the most recycled material in the world, according to Construction Materials Recycling Association. In fact, some 140 million tons of concrete are recycled each year in the United States.
- A typical concrete pavement requires 550% less diesel fuel to construct per mile than an equivalent asphalt pavement.
- Energy efficiency. Concrete walls cut an estimated 30-40% off the energy used to heat and cool a house. This means lower energy costs, to the tune of $200-$300 per year for a typical home.
- Modern concrete also incorporates waste materials, like slag cement and fly ash, by-products of manufacturing. Concrete has a long history of helping keep these materials out of landfills and disposal sites, thereby preserving our environment.