BUILD WITH
CONCRETE

CONCRETE
STRUCTURES

ARE DESIGNED

TO LAST FOR

CENTURIES.

Concrete structures are designed to last for centuries and, wholly unique to concrete, the material gets stronger over time. Building with concrete gives you a fire-resistant structure that when combined with other fire safety systems, is able to actually exceed building requirements. Concrete provides overall lifecycle savings, energy efficiency, and beautiful, virtually maintenance-free design. (1)

Concrete does not burn and is able to withstand temperatures over 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Concrete is mold-resistant and chemical free, providing improved air quality in finished structures. (2)

SAFETY

Concrete’s strength makes it incredibly strong, durable, and resilient. Concrete gets stronger over time and is able to maintain structural integrity even during natural disasters.

RESILIENCE

Carbonation of cement materials over their life cycle represents a substantial net sink of CO2. Concrete thermal mass leads to energy conservation and efficiency in buildings, reducing the demand for heating and cooling. (3)

SUSTAINABILITY

Designing with concrete offers nearly limitless options when it comes to size, shape, color, and finishes. The material is flexible and easy to install, giving project teams freedom to push boundaries and innovate.

COST & CONSTRUCTABILITY

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Modelling Durability of Reinforced Concrete
Structures

This is Concrete: Thermal Mass

Mineral Products Association:
The Concrete Centre

CRSI: Concrete Reinforcing
Steel Institute

Building Amazon high rise.

Concrete finishing in Seattle

downtown core.

VIDEO

MIT CONCRETE

SUSTAINABILITY HUB

Reinforced Concrete Concept: Preliminary Design Tool

Reinforced Concrete Concept: Preliminary Design Tool

BUILD WITH STRENGTH

A Coalition of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association

SOURCES

1. Build With Strength. "5 Key Elements to Building with Strength." https://buildwithstrength.com/strength/

2. Naus, D.J. "The Effect of Elevated Temperatures on Concrete Materials and Structures." Oak Ridge National Laboratory. November 2005.

3. Xi, Davis, Ciais, et al. "Substantial Global Carbon Uptake by Cement Carbonation.” Nature Geosci 9, 880-883 (2016).

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