Central Concrete: High Performing, Low-CO2 Concrete
Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Today’s Built Environment
Concrete is the most widely used building material on the planet. Its main component, cement, is also one of the most polluting materials on the planet.
But cement is essential. Concrete can’t exist without it. Or can it?
Central Concrete: Setting the New Standard
Since 2006, Central Concrete has been delivering solutions that have significantly reduced cement content. Our family of mixes is a result of U.S. Concrete’s EF Technology® process that uses alternative cementitious materials – delivering a Low-CO2 solution and thereby significantly reducing greenhouse gasses.
Our EF Technology process is only one of many initiatives in place at U.S. Concrete. U.S. Concrete’s National Research Laboratory is significantly advancing the performance of concrete and driving the creation of new, innovative, and cost-effective solutions through its groundbreaking research. Since our inception, we have engineered superior concrete mixes using alternative cement materials – delivering on our promise to further the adoption of Low-CO2 solutions. Not only do these products reduce the overall carbon footprint, but these new mixes also outperform traditional concrete mixes relative to a number of attributes, including delivering high early-strength, low shrinkage, and permeability.
Our mission at U.S. Concrete’s National Research Laboratory is to initiate and work with partners on fundamental research and then pursue and develop commercially viable solutions that address the needs of owners, developers, architects, and engineers. We are proud to have established an academic-industrial partnership with research teams at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and Arizona State University (ASU), along with other institutions worldwide, to develop alternative supplementary cementitious materials (SCMs). These efforts will focus on identifying and developing alternative supplemental materials that can be used to replace cement in concrete.
As noted by Alana Guzzetta , technical services manager at U.S. Concrete’s National Research Laboratory, “Cement production is responsible for 5% of man-made CO2 emissions. For every ton of cement clinker manufactured, about one ton of CO2 is released into the atmosphere. To combat these environmental effects, our team will be aggressively pursuing solutions that reduce the use of cement, and thus the GHG footprint of concrete.”
Ask us how our Low CO2, EF Technology® family of concrete mixes can contribute to LEED credit qualification and lower the carbon footprint for your next project.