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Concrete's Contribution to Sustainable Development


Reports, Studies, Fact Sheets, Reference Guides and Other Resources in Support of Sustainable Development

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Sustainability | Pervious Concrete | Parking Lots | Concrete Buildings | Continuing Education


Architects, engineers, developers and owners are seeking efficient and innovative building solutions that conserve non-renewable resources. As sustainability becomes increasingly important, so does the necessity of keeping up with the rapid advancement of building materials and construction practices. The following technical and informational resources for concrete are available to support sustainable development goals. Many are available for free or for a nominal cost.


Make sure your work is enhanced with these valuable and up-to date-materials.

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Concrete Solutions for Sustainable Development

(4-page brochure in pdf for owners & engineers) From NRMCA's Concrete Delivers Series.

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Concrete and Sustainable School Design

(4-page brochure in pdf for owners & engineers) From NRMCA's Concrete Delivers Series.

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Sustainable Concrete

Sustainable Concrete Pavements: A Manual of Practice

This manual, developed by the Concrete Pavement Research and Technology Center (CP Tech Center) at Iowa State University provides detailed information on sustainability concepts for concrete pavements. The intended audience includes decision makers and practitioners in both owner-agencies and supply, manufacturing, consulting, and contractor businesses. Readers will find individual chapters with the most recent technical information and best practices related to concrete pavement design, materials, construction, use/operations, renewal, and recycling. In addition, they will find chapters addressing issues specific to pavement sustainability in the urban environment and to the evaluation of pavement sustainability.

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Functional Resilience: Prerequisite for Green Buildingsleaf image

The enhanced functional resilience of a building’s structure should be the first consideration of a green building.

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leaf imageProtecting Lives and Property: Making Green Buildings “Functionally Resilient”

Functional Resilience—A building’s capacity to provide viable operations through extended service life, adaptive re-use and the challenges of natural and man-made disasters. Free PDF

leaf imageReady Mixed Concrete Industry’s LEED Reference Guide

Updated 3rd edition with LEED 2009 information

Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, the LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program is designed to promote the construction of high-performance, sustainable buildings.

Much new public construction, and more and more private sector construction, is now required to be LEED® Certified.

This guide will educate specifiers about the energy saving and pro-environmental benefits of concrete and how it may fit into projects that are to be LEED® Certified.

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leaf imageConcrete CO2 Fact Sheet

This publication provides an overview of the complexities of climate change and the greenhouse effect and summarizes the concrete industry’s efforts to minimize environmental impact related to carbon dioxide emissions. Free PDF

leaf imageNew Technology-Based Approach to Advance Higher Volume Fly Ash Concrete with Acceptable Performance

This document reports on a important study co-funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's Combustion Byproducts Recycling Consortium and recently conducted at NRMCA's Lab.
Free PDF

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Model Ordinance to Adopt Sustainable Building Standards

Green or sustainable buildings use key resources like energy, water and land more efficiently than buildings that are just built to code. They also tend to create healthier work, learning and living environments, with more natural light and better air quality, and typically contribute to improved employee and student health, comfort and productivity. This model is designed to be used by regulatory officials and municipalities interested in supporting sustainable building. Free PDF

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Crushed Concrete as Aggregate for New Concrete

This document reports on a study recently conducted at NRMCA's Lab and details how the proper use of crushed returned concrete can save the construction industry $300 million annually in materials and disposal costs.

(From Concrete InFocus magazine)

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Pervious Concrete

pervious imagePervious Concrete Pavements (w/PCA)

This introduction to pervious concrete pavements reviews its applications and engineering properties, including environmental benefits, structural properties and durability. Both hydraulic and structural designs of pervious concrete pavements are discussed, as well as construction techniques. Content included at Book: $17

pervious imagePortland Cement Pervious Pavement Field Performance Investigation on Parking Lot and Roadway Pavements

This report, funded by the RMC Research & Education Foundation and prepared at Cleveland State University, demonstrates the successful use of pervious concrete in freeze-thaw environments, with little maintenance required.

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pervious imageModel Stormwater/Pervious Pavement Ordinance

This model ordinance was developed in consultation with numerous stakeholders, including concrete industry members, civil engineers, environmental advocates and consultants in the field of stormwater management. The model offers local governments a starting point for the development of a stormwater ordinance that includes pervious pavement systems. Free PDF

pervious imageConstruction and Maintenance Assessment of Pervious Concrete Pavements

This report, prepared by the Stormwater Management Academy at the University of Central Florida, details construction and maintenance issues to ensure maximum performance of pervious concrete.

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pervious image Hydraulic Performance Assessment of Pervious Concrete Pavements for Stormwater Management Credit


This report, prepared by the Stormwater Management Academy at the University of Central Florida, focuses on the stormwater management properties of pervious concrete.

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pervious imageWhen It Rains, It Drains

Pervious concrete as a paving material has generated tremendous interest due to its ability to allow water to flow through itself to recharge groundwater and minimize stormwater runoff. This brochure provides an overview of how pervious concrete helps address these important stormwater management issues, and includes a helpful FAQ section.
Free PDF. Call or e-mail for free hard copies.


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Pervious Concrete Research Compilation

Funded by the RMC Research & Education Foundation, this document compiles reports on significant pervious concrete research projects. It includes abstracts. Free PDF


Parking Lots

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Concrete Delivers Brochure—for Owners

This brochure describes the economic, environmental and aesthetic advantages of concrete parking. It supports the interests of owners and architects with photos and informative text.

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Concrete Delivers Brochure—for Designers/Specifiers

This brochure is designed to provide architects and engineers with important information about parking areas. It is a condensed summary of engineering best practices for concrete parking areas, including very useful illustrations and tabular data. Call or e-mail for free hard copies.

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Concrete Pavement Analyst Software

NRMCA's Concrete Pavement Analyst (CPA) - Version 3, is a powerful concrete parking area design and costing comparison tool that quickly and accurately quantifies the differences between concrete and asphalt pavements. Using ACI and Asphalt Institute recommendations, CPA compares total ownership costs, providing specifiers the information they need to make sound pavement decisions. The Reference Library includes PCA’s Comparison of Six Environmental Impacts of Portland Cement Concrete and Asphalt Cement Concrete Pavements and Influence of Pavement Reflectance on Lighting for Parking Lots.
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Concrete Buildings

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Insulating Concrete Form (ICF) Brochure

This brochure is designed to inform commercial building owners, lenders, engineers, specifiers and others about the many economic and green benefits of ICF technology. The brochure outlines ICFs’ many advantages, with helpful illustrations and appealing photos of projects. Call or e-mail for free hard copies.

Continuing Education

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NRMCA’s Continuing Education Series (CES) has been designed to provide valuable, current and authoritative information on important subjects for architectural, engineering and construction professionals. Course offerings are available on the web and at scheduled seminars throughout the U.S.
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Current offerings include:

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