An Insightful Look At The History Of Green Concrete
What Is The History Of Green Concrete?
Green concrete was initially developed in Denmark in the year 1998. The word green is not referring to color but rather the type of concrete which is produced in such a way that it lessens the carbon footprint on the environment. Green concrete is made by using eco-friendly waste resources in concrete and by lowering energy consumption during the manufacturing process. The construction industry is ever-growing, and the demand for construction materials is growing. The solution to this problem is called green concrete. By encouraging construction companies to make use of green concrete instead of standard concrete, it can have a significant impact on lessening carbon dioxide emissions which is harmful to the environment. The green concept refers to every aspect relating to the manufacturing of raw materials, i.e., mix design, structural design, service life as well as construction. By making use of green concrete, it can help reduce a vast amount of waste in several products.
Malaysian Governmental Impact
Due to the rising interest in sustainable growth and various incentives which are supplied by the Government of Malaysia, chief players in the construction industry have become more motivated to use sustainable materials to minimize the environmental impact.
The Malaysian Government launched the GBI (green building index) in 2009 to motivate the construction of buildings by using green technology and offered incentives for owners to acquire a GBI certificate for existing or new buildings. A momentous amount of carbon emissions worldwide stems from the manufacturing process of concrete. That’s why the development of green concrete can go a long way in reducing energy consumption, carbon dioxide emissions as well reducing air pollution to produce an eco friendly materials for construction work.
What Are The Requirements When Manufacturing Green Concrete?
The idea of using green concrete has become more popular during recent years in many countries. Green concrete is produced by making use of waste materials as part of the components and by making use of production processes which is not harmful to the environment. The criteria for making green concrete is to develop the product by using materials which are sourced from sustainable or products which are deemed “green” instead of non-sustainable elements. Making use of waste or recycled resources are considered as sustainable as they can contribute to lowering the cost of raw materials as well as reducing the amount of waste piling up at landfills every year.
Researchers at Universiti Teknologi MARA has developed an innovative concrete which is called “green-mix concrete”. This product is designed and manufactured through using standard ingredients but partially replace some of the ingredients with recycled or waste materials such as fly ash, aluminum can fibers, etc. to attain customary performance, sustainability, and economics.
Fly ash is a leftover product from coal power plants and is usually disposed of at landfills or in ponds. Researchers discovered that fly ash has the potential of being a substitute for cement. Cement is a material that poses a significant impact on the environment due to the air pollution generated by cement plants. Aluminum cans are used as reinforcement in concrete when they’re processed into chopped fibers, and crushed concrete can be used as aggregates.