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Concrete Innovations

October 8, 2020 from 2:30pm to 3:30pm Central Standard Time

Courtois Auditorium

Donn C. Thompson, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Concrete is the most widely used building product in the world, yet its sustainability can often be questioned. This 1-hour presentation is intended to clarify the true environmental impact of cement and concrete while identifying the new products and manufacturing methods that are enhancing concrete’s performance to address today’s environmental challenges. New production processes can significantly offset embodied carbon. Innovative additives can enhance both plastic and hardened properties, resulting in stronger, more efficient structural cross sections, with greater durability and long term resilience. Natural and enhanced carbonation processes offer tremendous promise for concrete to absorb and permanently remove CO2 from the environment.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Understand new technologies used in concrete manufacturing.
  • Discover how innovative concrete products can improve project performance.
  • Learn how to implement the latest concrete innovations in building and infrastructure projects.
  • Demonstrate the importance of incorporating new technologies to enhance resilience and sustainability in the built environment.