The American Concrete Institute has announced several goals, programs, and initiatives to provide information on the sustainable properties of concrete to its members and the concrete industry.
Together with institute’s Technical Activities Committee, Education Activities
Committee, and Certification Programs Committee, Board Advisory Committee on
Sustainable Development is taking the lead to ensure the fulfillment of
sustainability goals stated in ACI’s Strategic Plan. These goals include the
expansion of the understanding of sustainability issues among ACI’s membership
and the increase of sustainability-related content in ACI’s documents and
A technical committee, ACI 130, Sustainability of Concrete was created to
provide technical knowledge on the sustainable properties of concrete and
concrete applications, and its goals include developing a report/guide that
will contain current information regarding concrete’s environmental footprint,
data to input into evaluation models or calculators, and strategies or methods
to reduce the environmental footprint.
In addition to the formation of the new technical committee on the
sustainability of concrete, leaders from the BAC-SD met with ACI technical
committee chairs to discuss and encourage the increased content of
sustainability issues in their technical documents and products to be released
ACI has also launched a new Web page,www.green.concrete.org, to highlight the
publications, opportunities for involvement, and case studies the institute
offers its members and customers.
At the upcoming ACI Convention in San
Antonio, this March, ACI is planning a series of
sessions on building sustainably with slag cement and concrete as a sustainable
material, plus a LEED training with special emphasis on concrete. Numerous
other meetings will discuss concrete and sustainability. Visitwww.ACIconvention.orgfor details on these events and meetings.
A full list of sustainability-related products and opportunities from ACI can
be found by visitingwww.green.concrete.org.