REAL WORLD EXAMPLES

maximizing our buildings' energy efficiency. MAXIMIZING THE LONGEVITY OF OUR PAVEMENTS.

Concrete Buildings

Constructing energy-efficient homes and buildings is critical to a low carbon future.

Concrete is an active component of a building’s energy system. Its thermal mass (its ability to store energy) helps moderate indoor temperatures, which reduces peak heating and cooling loads and produces energy and construction cost-savings — all while making building occupants more comfortable. Using a combination of passive and active energy technologies such as geothermal heating and cooling systems, natural lighting and ventilation, thermal mass, thermal gain strategies and optimum design efficiency, concrete can minimize the in-use energy demands of a structure over its service life by over 70%.

Watch Cement Association of Canada Director of Codes and Standards Rick McGrath talk about the substantial energy savings made possible by concrete’s thermal mass (video).

 

COncrete Pavements

Concrete pavement lasts decades longer than its asphalt equivalent, requires less maintenance and rehabilitation and makes potholes and ruts virtually non-existent. The longevity of concrete pavement reduces the need for natural resources like aggregates and energy. And research shows that the construction, maintenance and repair of concrete pavement uses one third the energy required for asphalt pavement. Additionally, concrete pavement reduces fuel consumption and associated energy emissions while its light color reduces the “urban heat island effect”, lowers lighting requirements and increases driver safety at night. Concrete pavement means lower costs, conserved resources, cleaner air and less CO2 emissions.