Concrete Academy
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Across the world, concrete is one of the most popular building materials due to its affordability, versatility, and durability. In addition, concrete is often used because of its thermal mass, or ability to store heat, which can reduce energy use in buildings. Today, the concept of Net Zero buildings, which aims to improve the negative environmental impact of the built environment, is a key component of the discussion on concrete sustainability. Increasingly, concrete manufacturers are looking at sustainability issues associated with concrete production, specifically around the reduction of a building’s carbon footprint. Strategies include life cycle analyses, introducing recycled CO2 into fresh concrete, and the use of certain insulating concrete form systems.

Academy Courses
Concrete Impacts
How life-cycle assessments (LCAs) of buildings help reduce carbon footprint
State of the Art of Insulating Concrete Forms
An inside look at the cutting-edge design strategies and high-performance solutions that come with l...
Embodied Carbon & Adaptive Reuse
Carbon Calculus: Architects reduce embodied emissions by revamping existing structures instead of bu...
Insulating Concrete Forms for Commercial Construction
Combining strength and durability with energy efficiency, versatile ICFs are ideal for a number of c...
Making the Business Case for Building with Insulated Concrete Forms: Energy, Safety, and Savings
Insulated concrete form construction can help ensure energy efficiency and noise control while keepi...