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Sustainable Concrete Solutions by Costas Georgopoulos and Andrew Minson


 

FOREWORD

This e-book on sustainable concrete options units out a
sensible and updated manifesto for the design engineer to create low
carbon, sustainable buildings and civil infrastructure utilizing concrete. The
supplies that make concrete are world and plentiful, however we have now an obligation to
deploy them in an environmentally delicate and socially accountable method.
This publication by Georgopoulos and Minson brings collectively the present
pondering on engineering design practices and supplies science – an uncommon and
useful mixture for the engineer eager on delivering extra sustainable
buildings and civil engineering tasks.

Past the introduction of
sustainable improvement ideas, there’s a wholesome steadiness of principle right here,
which is appropriately and neatly articulated with sensible concerns.
That is mirrored within the logical construction which acknowledges implicitly the
significance of the position of decision-making within the design course of which is,
in the end, a key determinant of the success of sustainable buildings. Written
by way of the eyes of a design engineer, the publication basically reveals how we
can keep away from the specification hole which regularly prevents tasks attaining their
full sustainability potential. Examples and case research are featured
extensively.

Certainly, the e-book could be very a lot written with the designer in thoughts
and whereas it covers the basics, it additionally brings to mild emergent
challenges round life-cycle evaluation and accountable sourcing of
development supplies. What makes Georgopoulos and Minson significantly
attention-grabbing subsequently, is that it worthily and legitimately goes nicely past
the extra conventional interpretations of sustainability within the context of cement
and concrete (i.e. changing Portland cement). This e-book is a helpful addition
to the sustainable design and specification space and I’d commend it to development
and engineering practitioners, teachers and college students alike.

PREFACE

The challenges dealing with twenty-first-century humanity embrace
local weather change, pure disasters, inhabitants progress, overconsumption of
assets, overproduction of waste and rising power calls for. The
sustainability alternative for development practitioners is to create a constructed
setting that gives sustainable options with higher whole-life
efficiency by utilizing much less main supplies, much less non-renewable power, losing
much less and inflicting fewer disturbances to the pure setting. Solutions are
wanted that may mitigate local weather change, but in addition that assist mankind handle
the results of local weather change.

There’s a rising strain from
governments and shoppers to create a constructed setting that meets the wants of
at present’s communities with out compromising the wants of future generations, in
different phrases, a extra sustainable type of improvement. Concrete is ubiquitous in
the constructed setting being utilized in faculties, hospitals, properties, places of work,
transport infrastructure, power provide, water distribution and so on, for
centuries and second solely to water as probably the most consumed substance on earth. It
is subsequently important that concrete is utilized in probably the most sustainable means and,
this e-book contributes to setting up a sustainable constructed setting with
concrete by providing a variety of sustainable concrete options to
practitioners. Instructing and studying sustainability at universities is a
problem as it’s a comparatively new and quick evolving topic.

Within the UK it was
initiated by the Royal Academy of Engineering in 1998 and included into the
competences of engineering graduates by the Engineering Council in 2004. Since
then, sustainable improvement has been embedded into engineering curricula however
fairly often, college students and teachers should not uncovered to improvements in
sustainable development which can be primarily developed by the business. This e-book
contributes to closing this hole of information by providing a variety of sustainable
concrete options to college students in any respect ranges and teachers of engineering and
different development associated diploma programs. Specifying fashionable concrete mixes,
designing to new state-of-the-art methods and requirements and, setting up
utilizing newest improvements are more difficult with calls for to implement
sustainability.

The goal of the e-book is to function an introduction to and an
overview of the most recent developments in sustainable concrete development. It
supplies helpful steering with additional references to college students, researchers, teachers
and practitioners of all development disciplines who’re confronted with the
problem to design, specify and assemble a extra sustainable constructed
setting. 
This e-book on sustainable concrete options units out a sensible and updated manifesto for the design engineer to create low carbon, sustainable buildings and civil infrastructure utilizing concrete. The supplies that make concrete are world and plentiful, however we have now an obligation to deploy them in an environmentally delicate and socially accountable method.

 

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