Concrete: the Green Foundation

March 29, 2010

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The planet Earth is often in the news lately, because of its deterioration brought about by man’s activities in the past several decades. Now the papers are filled with events that environmentalists long ago forewarned – global warming, slow extinction of many species, pollution, resource depletion, and the rise of toxic levels lessening the quality of air, among others.

Man’s awareness has been stirred by a deep concern that his very existence is affected by whatever damage is done to the earth itself. Today, humans are conducting their daily activities with a deeper regard for the environment, giving way to many ecologically-friendly practices — energy conservation, proper waste disposal, recycling and reuse, to name a few.

In the construction industry, the green building movement implements eco-friendly building methods and practices in an effort to save Mother Earth. Builders are also seeking and using materials that are environmentally-safe. And to concrete finish contractors, one of the materials that stand out is good old concrete.

Concrete finish contractors recommend concrete for green applications because of its abundance in local areas. Concrete is a good material to use for energy conservation, because it absorbs and retains heat and reflects light. It can be recyclable from waste by-products.

Furthermore, concrete finish contractors and facility managers know that concrete is very durable, and after a long period of time, it can still be reused for different purposes when it has reached the end of its useful life.

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