Continuing Education
Sustainable concrete is difficult to define. There are many factors that can influence the way concrete is manufactured, designed, built, used and recycled that ultimately affect the environmental footprint of the structures built with concrete. Whether one is designing a building, pavement, bridge or dam, concrete is an important component used as foundation and superstructure, and these structures can have a significant impact on the environment throughout their lifecycle.

Learning Objectives

  • Analyze the difference between performance-based specification and prescriptive specifications.
  • Evaluate how performance-based specifications can improve performance and lower environmental impact of concrete structures.
  • Learn how to implement performance-based specifications in projects.
  • Demonstrate the importance of balancing structural and architectural performance of concrete with green building strategies.

Continuing Education
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