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Sustainable Practices All Concrete Producers Should Start With

Within the concrete world, we hear a lot these days about sustainability. Maybe at times a bit too much, as it can become confusing to concrete producers who may not be sure how it applies to them or where to start. And, the many buzzwords associated with sustainability can further mystify a movement that isn’t going to go away or die out as the next fad, but one instead which is going to form the foundation for how all successful businesses are going to operate tomorrow and into the future. In other words, sustainability and sustainable practices are the future for concrete producers.

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The Evolution of Concrete Masonry

In 2010 while catching up with her on some circa-1930s Popeye cartoons, my (then) three-year-old daughter made the astute observation that Bluto had selected “concrete masonry” in an attempt to slow down a spinach-juiced Popeye saving Olive Oyl from imminent peril.

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IGCC short on resiliency, core and shell requirements

The 2012 edition of the International Green Construction Code (IGCC) provides specific criteria for building design and construction that are suitable or even favorable for the use of concrete, concrete products and masonry. However, the IGCC is remiss in that it does not adequately encourage or require the building core and shell to be adequately resilient to achieve good sustainable building design.

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