Concrete is engineered stone. It’s a material that is a necessity in modern buildings and infrastructure. Concrete slabs form the structural base of each floor in most commercial buildings. There’s a concrete slab acting as a strong, consistent barrier between the ground and the lowest floor of most houses. Everywhere vehicles are stored, including residential garages, there’s normally a concrete slab, and concrete pavement is the longest lasting surface for roads and driveways.
From the point of view of sustainable construction, concrete has its advantages and disadvantages. However, functionally, there is no substitute for it when it comes to performance and ease of construction. Concrete surfaces are already ubiquitous, and they’re going to continue to be building industry staples.
Sustainability is partly about the efficient use of materials. Each material that’s added to a building needs to be extracted from the Earth, manufactured into its final form and transported to each of its destinations. Each step of that process uses energy and results in greenhouse gas emissions. That’s why the efficient use of materials is an important consideration in green building. Using polished concrete as a finish material means that there’s no additional flooring needed: no wood, no carpeting and no tile requiring replacement every 10 to 20 years. In most interior applications, a concrete floor will last almost indefinitely. Polished concrete floors save energy and emissions because they allow a structural material to double as a finished floor. See concreterejuvenatingcompany.com.au for more information.
To learn more about the many options for polished concrete floors, take a look at the gallery and the articles on the Concrete Rejuvenating Company’s website, which can be found at http://crcconcretepolishing.com.au/. CRC is a Melbourne-area business with almost 20 years of experience making both new and existing concrete surfaces into beautifully finished floors that will last for many decades with no waste and no new materials.