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The Concrete Initiative - Benefits of concrete
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Benefits of concrete

SOCIETY

Concrete enables safe, affordable and resilient housing and infrastructure

  • Concrete provides the necessary foundation for a safe and resilient built environment, as well as solutions to societal challenges such as those induced by increasing urbanisation
  • Affordability, flexibility and energy efficiency make concrete a material of choice for infrastructure such as hospitals, schools, public buildings and transport infrastructure
  • Concrete can be cast into virtually any shape or form, which allows for design freedom and an almost infinite variety of applications

ECONOMY

Concrete construction drives economic growth, innovation and jobs

  • As a central pillar of the construction sector, concrete is a driver of economic growth, with a unique multiplier effect on jobs and economic activity
  • Concrete is a main enabler of modern construction, providing multiple and unique properties, flexibility and value for money
  • Concrete is a local business across the entire value chain, deeply rooted in local economies. A local product for a local market

ENVIRONMENT

Concrete offers optimum whole-life performance

  • Concrete absorbs temperature variations (by its thermal mass) which reduces energy consumption in buildings
  • Thanks to use of alternative fuels and by-products from other industries, and end-of-life recycling, concrete is an integral part of the circular economy
  • Through quarry rehabilitation, the concrete sector contributes to creating protected local biodiversity hotspots and ecosystems
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