Green Building with Concrete: Sustainable Design and Construction

Green Building with Concrete: Sustainable Design and Construction


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With superior fire resistance, strength, and a long service life, concrete is the most widely used construction material in the world. A sustainable material, concrete is also easily and affordably reused and rehabilitated. The first book to provide an overview of sustainability and concrete, Green Building with Concrete: Sustainable Design and Construction surveys the material’s history in the green building movement and presents state-of-the-art methodologies and best practices.

From the manufacturing of cement to the rehabilitation of concrete, this comprehensive book explains how concrete can be used for sustainable design and construction. It offers insight into new technological and social developments guiding the introduction of green buildings and examines the attributes that concrete has to offer the green building movement. The text also highlights research on economic analysis—particularly life cycle costing—to provide a full picture of the economic benefits of concrete. Expert contributors from around the world offer diverse viewpoints on global sustainability.

Topics covered include:

  • Principles of sustainable design
  • Benefits of concrete’s thermal mass
  • Mitigation of urban heat island effects
  • Surface runoff and the application of pervious concrete for sidewalks and parking areas
  • Reduction of construction waste
  • Leadership in energy and environmental design (LEED) standards

Emphasizing environmental impact and occupational and consumer health and safety, this book explains how to make the most of concrete in sustainable design. Written for university and concrete industry continuing education courses, it also serves as a reference for building owners and industry professionals who recognize the value of green building.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439812969
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 11/09/2011
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Gajanan M. Sabnis, PhD, PE, is Emeritus Professor at Howard University in Washington, D.C., and an international consultant in project management and related fields. With his diverse cultural background and experience in the United States and India, he spends more time in India to assist the infrastructure projects there. Large infrastructure development is taking place in India and the Middle East, and he finds it rewarding to provide such advisory services. He is a strong proponent of sustainability in civil engineering—particularly in the cement and concrete industry. He has participated in the initial development of the policy on sustainability in ASCE and has built his own home in Silver Spring, Maryland, as an experiment in the principles of sustainable construction.

Table of Contents

Introduction; Gajanan M. Sabnis

Sustainability in the Cement Industries and Chemical Admixtures; Thomas B. Carter

The Principles of Sustainable Building Design; N. Subramanian

Sustainability through Thermal Mass of Concrete; William Juhl

Concrete Pavements and Sustainability; Thomas J. Van Dam and Peter Taylor

Roller Compacted Concrete Pavements: A Sustainable Alternative; Chetan Hazaree

Pervious Concrete for Sustainable Development; Karthik H. Obla and Gajanan Sabnis

Heat Island Effects; Pushpa Devanathan and Kolialum Devanathan

Future Sustainable City: The Case of Masdar City; Gajanan M. Sabnis

Sustainability and Rehabilitation of Concrete Structures; Gopal Rai

Global Sustainability and Concrete; Edward J. Martin


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