Concrete is an environmentally friendly building material that positively impacts the world all around us. The sheer durability of concrete buildings and pavements is one of its environmental strengths. Because of concrete’s longevity, these structures require less energy over time to repair and replace.
Pavement constructed with concrete absorbs less heat than alternative pavements, such as asphalt. The concrete also reflects more light, helping to lower dangerous ozone levels. The light grey color of concrete helps to reduce the “heat island effect” experienced in more urban areas.
Parking lots are beginning to use new light-reflecting concrete pavements. The light-reflecting pavement reduces the amount of lighting needed at night, saving electricity, and enhancing ongoing security.
In addition to helping the environment above ground, concrete is equally friendly to the environment below ground. Concrete can be now designed to allow stormwater to penetrate through the pavement and naturally enter the ground. This type of pavement is referred to as “Pervious Pavement”.
In addition to reducing the demand on stormwater drainage systems, concrete does not contain petroleum substances that can leach into and contaminate our groundwater.