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Mar 102010

From Green Right Now Reports

The U.S. Green Concrete Council has just released the industry’s first-ever comprehensive resource on concrete and sustainability. “The Sustainable Concrete Guide—Strategies and Examples” is a guide to strategies for the best use of concrete in high-performance, long-lasting, green buildings.

Sustainable-Concrete-GuideThe guide includes case studies, technical data and references, and numerous practices that can be implemented immediately, the Council said. In addition to general overview of basic,the drills down to such topics as carbon footprints, thermal transmission, stormwater management, and how to reduce, reuse and recycle.

The last part of the guide profiles 12 projects throughout the U.S., all of which utilize sustainable concrete practices and techniques.  The profiles include three specific types of structures: parking structures and parking lots; single-family and multi-family residential structures; and commercial, institutional, and industrial structures.

The book was written by Andrea J. Schokker, professor and head of the civil engineering department at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Schokker is a member of the Board of Direction for the American Concrete Institute and is the chair of the ACI’s committee on the sustainability of concrete.

The U.S. Green Concrete Council was established in 2009 with the purpose of disseminating information on sustainable concrete.

“The Sustainable Concrete Guide—Strategies and Examples” can be purchased through American Concrete Institute website.