Trends in Concrete Manufacturing

Trends in Concrete

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Information about trends in concrete manufacturing may be found at these websites: 

  • In an effort to reduce CO emissions, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) is funding research to advance state-of-the-art technologies that address the use or reuse of CO2 in economic and industrial processes. A PDF from NETL called “Utilization of CO2 in High Performance Building and Infrastructure Products” is available here:  http://www.netl.doe.gov/publications/factsheets/project/FE0004222.pdf

  • In September of 2011, Lafarge Concrete  provided a more environmentally friendly concrete compound to the United Kingdom for construction of a Visitor Center.  The compound, called Envirocrete, is mentioned in this article

  • A Japanese company has created a new building material (using CO2 and silica) called “C02 Structure” they claim has 2.5 times the strength of concrete and cures 30 times faster.  The article may be found at this link.