Sustainability is often defined as development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Today, however, people are using 20% more resources than can be regenerated.
The environmental impact of constructing and operating buildings in most countries is significant, especially considering that buildings consume 65% of the electricity generated in the U.S. and more than 36% of the primary energy. Buildings in the U.S. also produce 30% of the national output of greenhouse gas emissions.
How using precast concrete can help
Building materials can have a significant effect on the environmental impact of the construction and operation of a building. The inherent properties of precast concrete, however, make it a natural choice for achieving sustainability in buildings.
Precast concrete contributes to sustainable practices by:
- incorporating integrated design
- using materials efficiently
- reducing construction waste, site disturbance and noise
The Coreslab difference
Coreslab is a leading manufacturer of precast, prestressed concrete. The use of precast concrete in construction contributes to sustainable practices by its inherent thermal efficiency,
recycled materials and aggregates, reduced waste and more.
To learn more about how precast concrete and Coreslab Structures contribute to a building’s sustainability, LEED points, Energy Star ratings and more, download our “Designer’s Notebook” on Sustainability.