With more and more construction projects across the world using environmentally conscious products, there are still many demands of building material that today’s technology have not satisfied. Through developments in alternative aggregates from recycled material and admixtures there are products such as Portland cement and ready mix concrete that can be composed to use within commercial and industrial building projects.
Both Construction and demolition waste programs have been established throughout the world to allow the use of recycled concrete as alternative since most demolition is concrete. The United States recovers 82% of concrete in construction and demolition a year and continues to make strides.
While the industry has made advances to develop mixtures using recycled concrete, it has made no tremendous gains in replacing carbon intensive products with environmentally friendly alternatives. In the end all though there are semi environmentally friendly products, no concrete or cement mixture is good for our future planet.