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Trends in Concrete Manufacturing

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

  • MIT’s Concrete Sustainability Hub
  • Scientific American article “Cement from CO2: A Concrete Cure for Global Warming?”
  • Inhabitat.com
  • Live Science website article entitled “A Concrete Proposal to Cut Carbon Dioxide Emissions
  • Portland Cement Association  article titled “Green in Practice 102 – Concrete, Cement, and CO2”: 
  • In June, 2012, the Environmental Blog published a review called 49er’s New Stadium Saves 23 Million Pounds of CO2
  • 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.
  • Alpena Community College World Center for Concrete Technology http://www.wcct.net/