Of all the construction materials available today, concrete is perhaps the most ubiquitous and unique. Concrete is the most widely used construction material in the world and is produced and consumed in every part of our country. In fact, no construction takes place without the use of some concrete product.
In its simplest form, concrete is a mixture of cement, water and aggregates. Within this process lies the key to concrete's remarkable trait: it's plastic and can be molded or formed into any shape when newly mixed, strong and durable when hardened. These qualities explain why concrete can build skyscrapers, bridges, sidewalks, superhighways, houses and dams.
Journal of Commerce on Environmental Product Declarations
Charles Kelly, President of the BCRMCA, recently wrote and article in the Journal of Commerce on exploring concrete and sustainable construction
Durability is the ability of concrete to resist weathering action, chemical attack, and abrasion while maintaining its desired engineering properties. Different concretes require different degrees of durability depending on the exposure environment and the properties desired. Concrete durability is one of the most important considerations in the design of new structures and when assessing the condition of existing structures.