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Concrete has been seen in some circles as being a green material for building. However, there have been naysayers who look at the fact that the production of cement accounts for approximately 6 percent of the carbon dioxide emissions per year. Considering the versatility, durability and low cost of the material ($3.25 to $5.25 per square foot), the idea that it might be adding to an increasing problem of global warming may make it seem less desirable to you.

However, if you are building a business place and you are concerned about the environmental impact of the materials that you choose to use, there are ways in which you can still use concrete and get the green effect that you desire. 

Cement it

The biggest contribution of carbon emission from concrete production is from the cement. Making it and then transporting it includes the burning of fossil fuels. However, a fairly new type of cement not only reduces the carbon emissions from making the cement, but actually helps to remove waste carbon dioxide that would ordinarily be released into the atmosphere. Since carbon dioxide (CO2) is responsible for about 80 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S., this process is a step in the right direction. The process uses a method that is called bio-mimicry where it makes CO2 and dissolves it with sea water in a process similar to how coral reefs are made.

Another environmentally friendly cement substitute is that of fly ash cement, which is made as a by-product from coal-burning plants. This substance can be mixed with lime and water to produce a concrete that is strong and durable. Since 75 percent of this used to end up in landfills, this may be a great way for you to help save the planet.

Use a substitute

There are benefits to be had with using a concrete substitute that is environmentally friendly. These benefits can even extend beyond the clear conscience that you are likely to have in doing your part to reduce your contribution to the carbon emissions, as you can get credits for using up to 25 percent concrete aggregates as a foundation in your concrete mixture. The applicable concrete mixtures include papercrete or fibercrete, which are made from waste paper mixed with cement. This is a green alternative since less cement is used.

Other options in concrete alternatives include foam crete, ceramicrete and grasscrete. The aim behind these methods is to utilize less cement in the concrete mixture so that your building would require less energy and therefore decrease the amount of carbon emissions that can be attributed to your project. Contact commercial concrete contractors for more information. 

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10 June 2016

Learning More About Concrete Structures

Hello. My name is Don Watkins. Welcome to my website about concrete structures. Concrete is a highly versatile material used to create anything from driveways to tall buildings. Working with concrete requires a particular skill set and equipment knowledge. The concrete has a quick setting time, so professionals have to rapidly pour, form and smooth out the mixture before it sets. There are many ways to create the desired structure, so my site will explore each method used by concrete contractors. I invite you to come along on this journey to learn more about concrete structures. Please feel free to drop by anytime.