This book on sustainable concrete solutions sets out a
practical and up to date manifesto for the design engineer to create low
carbon, sustainable buildings and civil infrastructure using concrete. The
materials that make concrete are global and plentiful, but we have a duty to
deploy them in an environmentally sensitive and socially responsible manner.
This publication by Georgopoulos and Minson brings together the current
thinking on engineering design practices and materials science – an unusual and
helpful combination for the engineer keen on delivering more sustainable
buildings and civil engineering projects.
Beyond the introduction of
sustainable development principles, there is a healthy balance of theory here,
which is appropriately and neatly articulated with practical considerations.
This is reflected in the logical structure which acknowledges implicitly the
significance of the role of decision-making in the design process which is,
ultimately, a key determinant of the success of sustainable buildings. Written
through the eyes of a design engineer, the publication essentially shows how we
can avoid the specification gap which often prevents projects achieving their
full sustainability potential. Examples and case studies are featured
Indeed, the book is very much written with the designer in mind
and while it covers the fundamentals, it also brings to light emergent
challenges around life-cycle assessment and responsible sourcing of
construction materials. What makes Georgopoulos and Minson particularly
interesting therefore, is that it worthily and legitimately goes well beyond
the more traditional interpretations of sustainability in the context of cement
and concrete (i.e. replacing Portland cement). This book is a valuable addition
to the sustainable design and specification area and I would commend it to construction
and engineering practitioners, academics and students alike.
The challenges facing twenty-first-century humanity include
climate change, natural disasters, population growth, overconsumption of
resources, overproduction of waste and increasing energy demands. The
sustainability opportunity for construction practitioners is to create a built
environment that provides sustainable solutions with better whole-life
performance by using less primary materials, less non-renewable energy, wasting
less and causing fewer disturbances to the natural environment. Solutions are
needed that will mitigate climate change, but also that help mankind address
the consequences of climate change.
There is a growing pressure from
governments and clients to create a built environment that meets the needs of
today’s communities without compromising the needs of future generations, in
other words, a more sustainable form of development. Concrete is ubiquitous in
the built environment being used in schools, hospitals, homes, offices,
transport infrastructure, energy supply, water distribution and so on, for
centuries and second only to water as the most consumed substance on earth. It
is therefore essential that concrete is used in the most sustainable way and,
this book contributes to constructing a sustainable built environment with
concrete by offering a range of sustainable concrete solutions to
practitioners. Teaching and learning sustainability at universities is a
challenge as it is a relatively new and fast evolving subject.
In the UK it was
initiated by the Royal Academy of Engineering in 1998 and incorporated into the
competences of engineering graduates by the Engineering Council in 2004. Since
then, sustainable development has been embedded into engineering curricula but
very often, students and academics are not exposed to innovations in
sustainable construction that are mainly developed by the industry. This book
contributes to closing this gap of knowledge by offering a range of sustainable
concrete solutions to students at all levels and academics of engineering and
other construction related degree courses. Specifying modern concrete mixes,
designing to new state-of-the-art techniques and standards and, constructing
using latest innovations are more challenging with demands to implement
The aim of the book is to serve as an introduction to and an
overview of the latest developments in sustainable concrete construction. It
provides useful guidance with further references to students, researchers, academics
and practitioners of all construction disciplines who are faced with the
challenge to design, specify and construct a more sustainable built
environment. This book on sustainable concrete solutions sets out a practical and up to date manifesto for the design engineer to create low carbon, sustainable buildings and civil infrastructure using concrete. The materials that make concrete are global and plentiful, but we have a duty to deploy them in an environmentally sensitive and socially responsible manner.
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