Concrete's versatility, durability and sustainability have made it the world's most widely used construction material. In addition to its age-old uses, the addition of color and specialty mixes, such as self-consolidating concrete and pervious concrete, have expanded the uses and popularity of concrete.
The ready mixed concrete industry is dedicated to upholding the principles of sustainable development - development that meets the needs of the present without compormising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs - by attempting to balance social, economic and environmental impacts. The industry meets the challenges of sustainable development; its products help improve the overall environmental footprint of the built environment. For example, high performance concrete wall and floor systems help improve energy performance of buildings. Light colored pavements reduce urban heat islands and minimize lighting requirements. Pervious concrete pavements reduce and treatstormwater runoff. Concrete is extremely durable and provides for long service life.
Concrete companies also strive to improve manufacturing processes, including the use of alternative energy sources, to minimize the energy of production and the associated greenhouse gas emissions. The industry continues to enhance transportation efficiency and delivery methods to reduce the environmental impact of the construction process.
Modern ready-mixed concrete provides remarkable flexibility in meeting the needs of challenging placement and sustainable design. We are fortunate to work with an outstanding product that has served mankind for ages and yet is advancing rapidly.