Green Building with Concrete

Green Building, Sustainability, Environmentally Friendly, LEED Building
Concrete is the material of choice for all of these principles.

Homeowners Looking to Concrete for Eco-friendly Homes
One in three homeowners view concrete as the most environmentally friendly building material according to a recent survey from PCA. With limited dollars and concerns about energy efficiency, weather-resistance and indoor air quality, more and more homeowners are considering concrete for their next new home. Learn more about what homeowners are saying about concrete...

Designers Prefer Concrete as a Sustainable Material
In a study conducted by the PCA (Portland Cement Association), 77 percent of architects, engineers, and designers have used concrete as their sustainable material in a recent project.  The study revealed that these design professionals highly regarded concrete's energy efficiency.

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What is Green Building?
Designing a home, both inside and out, to increase performance and to conserve resources used in construction.

How is Concrete used in Green Building?
Concrete used in exterior walls are highly energy efficient due to what is called the thermal mass.  Thermal mass essentially means the mass can store heat and maintain cool temperatures; which minimizes indoor temperature fluctuations, and slows the transfer of heat throughout the building.

What is Sustainability?
According to the U.S. EPA, Sustainability means “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

What makes Concrete a sustainable material?
Concrete is a sustainable material because of its environmental benefits during construction and during the life of the structure.  Benefits during construction include:  Minimal Waste, Local Materials,  and Recycled Content.  Benefits throughout the life of the structure include:  Energy Performance/Thermal Mass, Durable, Cool, Low Emissions, and Recyclable. 
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What is Environmentally Friendly?
Living in a manner that is considerate of the environment.  For example: conserving energy, reducing air pollution, recycling and conserving natural resources.

How is Concrete Environmentally Friendly?

Concrete is one of the most energy-efficient building materials; utilizing thermal-mass keeps the structure warm in the winter and cool in the summer, lowering energy needs considerably.  Structures built using concrete also have lower indoor air pollution. Concrete uses some of the earth’s most plentiful and common minerals for its raw materials.  Concrete conserves resources by only removing the materials needed to make concrete.  Only a fraction of land is used to remove the material, compared to the multitude of acres used when clear-cutting forests for lumber.

What is LEED?
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
LEED is a rating system created by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to evaluate the environmental performance of a building and encourage market transformation towards sustainable design. The system is credit-based, allowing projects to earn points for environmentally friendly actions taken during the construction and use of a building.

How can concrete be used to help attain LEED certification?
Concrete can help a building earn between 19-23 LEED points.  Read how concrete can be used to attain LEED points by visiting the LEED page on

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