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Sustainable construction

In 2008 the UK concrete industry agreed a Concrete Industry Sustainable Construction Strategy. This pledge to sustainability objectives was signed by trade associations and companies and included the commitment to publish an annual report on the sustainability performance of the industry.

The embodied CO2 impact of concrete is around 100kg CO2 per tonne and when considering its sustainability credentials the whole life performance of a building or project should be considered rather than just the initial embodied impacts. This is because the use of the building or project will account for up to 90 per cent of the impacts compared to just 10 per cent for the embodied impacts.

The thermal mass properties of concrete are especially important in this regard.

The UK concrete industry reports annually on its sustainability performance.

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