Appropriate use of sustainable construction materials

Ravindra Dhir (Lead / Corresponding author), Tom Dyer, Kevin Paine

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The definition of sustainable construction materials and the appropriate use of these materials to achieve the effective sustainability for performance and function are discussed. The sustainable use of construction requires consideration of natural resources, energy resources, aesthetics and environmental systems, function, and performance. The need for continual repair and eventual replacement of the structure can lead to less sustainable construction, therefore the most appropriate option is to adjust the other constituents of the mix to produce a concrete, which meets the functional requirements. It is essential that the properties and characteristics of sustainable materials are properly understood to achieving performance and they are not used as like-for-like replacements of traditional materials. The use of sustainable materials,in appropriate quantities and appropriate products, will help in reducing the socio-economic impacts, waste, and pollution in the concrete industry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-24
Number of pages5
JournalConcrete (London)
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Building and Construction


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