Concrete remodeling projects with eco-friendly concrete is not something most home or business owners think of when they think of concrete. However, remodeling with concrete the eco-friendly way is certainly a possibility.
While most individuals think of concrete and think of it as being part of the garage, patio, or sidewalk, concrete has come a long way. Many homeowners and business owners are utilizing the versatility and durability of concrete and making it come to life with various decorative methods. Moreover, they are looking to ways to use concrete in an environmentally friendly capacity.
However, can concrete really be eco-friendly? There are, in fact, other alternatives to traditional concrete.
There are always two major concerns when thinking about how to be environmentally friendly. The first is how much emission does concrete production create and the second is how much will concrete waste fill up any given landfill.
Keeping these two criteria in mind, here are a few ways to be eco-friendly while remodeling with concrete.
Recycled Fly Ash – A combination of recycled fly ash, lime, and water creates a compound similar to cement without the high CO2 emissions and landfill concern that concrete produces.
Coal-burning power plants produce fly ash, and this seems to be the most innovative method of creating a product that is close to cement but environmentally more friendly to use.
Recycled Materials – The innovative process of utilizing recycled materials such as glass, plastic, and wood is another wonderful way that concrete is heading toward being more environmentally friendly. Rather than using sand and gravel, these materials are being kept from filling up the landfills and utilized in a productive reusable manner.
Paper Waste - Another innovative idea is to utilize paper waste to mix with cement. The theory behind this idea is that the more paper utilized and saved, the more benefit to the environment and less cement necessary to produce and release CO2 emissions.
These are just a few of the ways that you can remodel with concrete the eco-friendly way. Since consumers are requesting more eco-friendly ways to build their homes, builders are listening and manufacturers are getting in on the trend.
Manufacturers are seeking to find many alternatives to traditional concrete in an effort to supply the rising request for eco-friendly concrete.
Concrete is useful for many components of your new home.
- Counter tops
- Kitchen sinks
- Bathroom tub
- Shower Walls
- Flooring and so much more
Since there are so many uses for eco-friendly concrete, the demand is beginning to rise above traditional concrete. This is a win/win situation for the consumer, the manufacturer and builder, and for the environment, as well.
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Posted January 08, 2014
by Gabriel Posternak.