Designing Concrete and Concrete Structures for Sustainable Development

Global urbanization has placed huge demands on the construction industry in terms of the world s material and energy resources. Infrastructure regeneration and rehabilitation and cement and concrete materials have an undeniable part to play in enhancing the quality of human life. If we are to avoid global environmental degradation sustainable development of the cement and concrete industry has to be the foundation for all construction activity in the next millennium.

This approach demands that cementitious materials are manufactured for durability rather than for strength and that pozzolanic and other industrial cementitious byproducts are seen as vital and essential constituents of concrete. However sustainability in the construction industry will remain a pipedream unless design for specified durable service life is the basis for all future construction.

Technical Report Author: R.N. Swamy