Environmental Benefits of Concrete Pavements: Concrete pavements are also an excellent choice when considering the lifetime environmental impact. From mining of the locally produced raw materials through construction and long-term maintenance-free performance, concrete stands out as the most cost-effective, sustainable paving material. View or download a fact sheet.
Urban Heat Island: As urban areas develop and vegetation is replaced with buildings, roads, and other heat-absorbing infrastructure, the ambient urban air temperatures increase. Cities become “heat islands” surrounded by significantly cooler, rural areas. Concrete has a higher solar reflectance to minimize the urban heat island effect. View or download a fact sheet.
Recycled Concrete: Eventually, all pavements must be replaced. After a long and reliable service life, concrete pavements can be crushed and reused. In fact, concrete is 100% recyclable (and the steel rebar within is recyclable as well). View or download a fact sheet.
Quiet Concrete Pavements: When a vehicle travels on any type of pavement surface, there will be noise. The sound level is primarily a function of the surface finish and not the material of which it’s constructed. Concrete pavements are adaptable and capable of reducing noise pollution as well as environmental pollution. View or download a fact sheet.
Carbon Footprint: Loosely defined, a carbon footprint is a measure of how many greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) a person, organization, event, or product produces. However, carbon footprints are often simplified by measuring the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) produced. U.S. cement manufacturing accounts for less than 1.5% of all U.S. human-generated CO2 emissions. View or download a fact sheet.
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