Natural Building Material
this age of vanishing resources, we must choose our building
materials more wisely, balancing the expenditure of natural
resources with the benefits of a material over its useful life.
Concrete draws upon some of the earth's most common and abundant
minerals for its raw materials. The amount of land used to extract
the materials needed to make concrete is only a fraction of that
used to cut down our forests for lumber.
Concrete homes are more energy efficient than wood-frame homes and
therefore require less energy to heat and cool. This reduces the
amount of so-called green house gases produced by power-generation
Concrete Uses Recycled
manufactured from limestone, clay, and sand. Scrap tires and other
combustible waste that would otherwise take valuable land in land
fills are often used as a fuel source in the cement manufacturing
process. Sources of aggregates are diverse and plentiful: sand,
gravel, crushed stone, and an ever-increasing array of consumer and
industrial waste products - fly ash from coal burning electric power
plants and blast furnace slag from steel mills. Crushed concrete
from demolition is often used as aggregate for concrete. Concrete's
nearly inert matrix of materials makes it an ideal recycling medium,
with absolutely no degradation of strength or performance.
Concrete can create any shape or size home you can imagine. Because
concrete takes any shape or form, it can create an unlimited variety
of curves and angles. Concrete's strength can be used to create
large open spaces; offering total flexibility in designing your
home's floor plan.
Practically inert and not requiring volatile organic-based
preservatives like wood, concrete promotes a healthier indoor
atmosphere. Concrete promotes a healthier indoor atmosphere, since
it is practically inert, and requires no volatile organic-based
preservatives like wood does. It's naturally waterproof and
fire-resistant, so it doesn't need special coatings or sealers.
Concrete can also be easily cleaned with organic, non-toxic
Built To Last
Since wood rots and decays, and is extremely susceptible to natural
disasters, it is central to a wasteful construction cycle of
frequent disposal and replacement. Concrete, on the other hand,
requires little or no maintenance, stands up to hurricanes,
tornadoes, earthquakes, and fires. It can't be eaten by termites and
won't rust or rot. Concrete's sheer durability over decades of use
goes a long way towards waste reduction.
Bluffton Precast 2010