Bricks | Blockwork
| Glass Block | Stone
| Earth | Lintels
| DPCs and Trays | Ventilation
+ Accessories | Timber Boarding
| Sheet Cladding | Insulation
| Concrete |
and pre cast concrete
Concrete lends itself well
to forms of construction that control temperature through thermal
mass -see the BPCF site for some useful downloads on the benefits
of thermal mass. However Portland Cement is less sustainable
-in fact Cement production has been recorded as the third ranking
producer of CO2 in the world after transport and energy generation.
The impact can be reduced by
using cements incorporating Pulverised Fuel Ash (PFA), or 'Fly
ash', a by-product of burning coal in power stations or Ground
Granulated Blast-furnace Slag (GGBS), a by-product of the Iron
Consider use of limecrete (lime
recycles C02) instead of concretes based on Ordinary Portland
Use of recycled aggregate and
steel reinforcement further reduces the impact.-see theAggregain website for more on this. Of course
if you can recycle the aggregate on site from demolition works,
then that is an ideal solution.
To find out more about the
sustainabilty of concrete visit SustainableConcrete.org.
- Aggregain -online guide to sustainable aggregates,
including pulverised fuel ash -includes a directory of suppliers
and specification guidance.
- British Cement Association -he trade and research organisation that represents
the interests of the UK's cement industry -loads of useful downloads
on everything from coloured concrete to admixtures.
- British Precast Concrete Federation -the trade association of precast
concrete manufacturers -its aims are to promote precast concrete
in construction market, and disseminate information. Very comprehensive
set of international technical links.
- Concrete Centre
-for just about everything about concrete -information, images,
cpd and research, as well as just plain inspiration with their
organisation providing cpd, technical development, professional/business
networking and information services on concrete for the UK construction
-just about everything you need to know about mortar, with a
series of data sheets on cement and lime mortars.
-US organisation promoting the use of slag cement, or ground
granulated blast furnace slag (GGBFS), which has been incorporated
into concrete projects in the U.S. for over a century.
- Phantom Crushers
- Red Rhino Crushers -compact mobile crushers to use onsite onsite
and create substantial reductions in costs on skip-hire, landfill
charges, haulage, manpower and space.
- SustainableConcrete.org -website designed to inform anyone interested
in knowing more about concrete, its sustainability and how it
can be used in sustainable design and construction -downloadable
guide to specifying sustainable concrete.
- Wales Environmental Trust -creates new markets for recyclates such as
and Products -In Situ Concrete
-makers of Wallform, an insulating concrete formwork system (ICF)
-polystyrene blocks are clipped together and filled with in situ
Readymix Concrete Association
-get it delivered to your door -directory of members and a number
of dowloadable guides to using concrete.
-a unique, environmentally friendly void former and foundation
stabiliser developed by Dufaylite. Clayboard is a biodegradable
honeycomb core set between lightweight polypropylene facings.
Block -a walling system
that comprises polystyrene panels that snap together and are
filled with concrete.
Stone -EPS (expanded
polystyrene) shuttering system, that provides an economic and
environmentally friendly method of wall construction.
-specialise in hi-tech concrete finishes used by architects for
quality interior fit-outs.
and Products -Lime concrete
ty Mawr Lime -the Welsh
Centre for Traditional and Ecological Building do insulated Limecrete
Floors and recycled aggregates.
- Limecrete -technical article by leading expert Ian Prichett
on the use of Lime Concrete.
- Round Tower
-natural hydraulic lime in County Cork.
Limecrete Company -actually
a family business based in Norfolk offering onsite batching and
placement of limecrete using their 'big green machine'
-Pre Cast components
- Coltman -one of Britain's largest independent
suppliers of precast concrete products for the construction industry
-floors, roofing, stairs and bespoke components.
- Trent Concrete
-specialists in pre cast concrete, providing high quality factory
made cladding and structural components.
- Architectural Insitu Concrete
- David Bennett
- RIBA Books
- Sep 2007
- Price in UK pounds
- Concrete at Home: Innovative
Forms and Finishes
- Fu-Tung Cheng and Eric Olsen
- Price in UK pounds
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