The U.S. Green Concrete Council announced in Las Vegas a first-of-its-kind resource, The Sustainable Concrete Guide Û Strategies and Examples. The comprehensive guide on concrete and sustainability discusses specific strategies for the best use of concrete in high-performance, long-lasting, green buildings. Available for $75, the publication is the first in a USGCC series, with the second scheduled for Fall 2010.
Part 1 of the new guide addresses Concrete Basics for Sustainability, which outlines the uses of concrete as the most widely used building material in the world. Part 2 contains 11 chapters on specific uses of concrete for sustainable structures, with topics including carbon footprint; thermal transmission; thermal mass and storage; longevity and service life; stormwater management; human factors and the living/working environment; safety and security; reduce, reuse, recycle; economic impact; and, resilience with climate change. Part 3 profiles 12 construction projects throughout the U.S., all of which utilize sustainable concrete practices and techniques.
Author Andrea Schokker is professor and head of the civil engineering department at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. A member of the American Concrete Institute board of directors, she also is chair of ACI Committee 130, Sustainability of Concrete. Û www.concrete.org/bookstorenet/