Concrete has been used in various forms for thousands of years, but it is only recently that we are discovering how beneficial using concrete can be over other alternatives.
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Concrete is made from raw materials that are often times mined right here in Maryland, Delaware or Virginia. Mining locally decreases the amount of fuel and energy needed to transport these materials and provide for the local economy. Because wet concrete can only travel short distances, concrete plants are local and also support their local communities and economies.
Strength and Durability
Often, other materials need frequent replacement; however, concrete can last decades and even centuries in some applications. Infrequent replacement means less use of both raw materials and the energy associated with a construction project. Plus, when concrete is used as a road it increases fuel efficiency by about 4% for cars and 7% for large trucks.
Concrete’s bright color cuts down on the heat island effect and decreases ambient temperatures around a building by 7 to 10 degrees. The bright surface also decreases lighting usage by 30%--energy and cost savings that repeat year after year.
When added up over the long life cycle, concrete’s many benefits result in carbon savings that dwarf the initial carbon output of the project.