Concrete is a UK locally-sourced material, compared with steel where iron ore is transported from as far away as Brazil or timber which is often shipped from Canada. In 2013, the average delivery distance of ready-mixed concrete to the construction site was only 12 kilometres, and 121 kilometres for precast concrete.
Because concrete is locally sourced it means that monitoring its supply chain and ensuring its adherence to environmental, social regulatory and legislative benchmarks is relatively straightforward.
Responsible sourcing of construction products is an increasingly important issue for specifiers and clients. It touches all aspects of the supply chain. Of all construction products, concrete is best placed to deliver the highest level of responsible sourcing due to the local availability of materials, short supply chains and regulated management systems.
The Concrete Industry Sustainable Construction Strategy publishes annual data on the carbon dioxide associated with the transport of concrete and constituent materials.
This publication assists engineers in understanding the common challenges of building tall.
An all-you-need-to-know guide on the specification of sustainable concrete.
Guidance on how concrete can be used to achieve credits under the latest version of BREEAM NC:2014.
This book summarises the reference material that will be used in the design of reinforced concrete buildings to Eurocode 2.
This document provides information on the material and resource efficiency of concrete and masonry.
This guide sets out how concrete's attributes can be used to minimise CO2 emissions.
This eighth annual report report presents the concrete industry’s sustainability performance in 2014.
This publication explores the key themes of whole-life, including future flexibility, resilience and ease of maintenance.
This guide focuses on the use of concrete at Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre and its part in creating a low energy building.
This publication summarises the material used in the design of reinforced and prestressed concrete bridges using Eurocode 2