Concrete for High Performance Sustainable Infrastructure. After water, concrete is the second most used material on earth and due to its robustness, versatility, and cost, it is most important to the provision of national infrastructure. However, concrete is now considered unsustainable, because of the carbon footprints of the materials used, inappropriately specified and manufactured, resulting in resource inefficiency and durability concerns and the methods are being explored to mitigate these factors.
The UKIERI Collaborative Concrete Research Group organised this Congress under the theme of Concrete for 21st Century Construction, 8-10 March 2011 to address new developments in concrete and construction and their role in responding to the rapid growth in national infrastructure demands. The
Congress consisted of two individual events:
1. New Developments in Concrete Construction.
2. Concrete for High Performance Sustainable Infrastructure.
This volume focuses on the development innovative cements to enhance performance, resource use and reducing CO2 emissions, utilising waste materials to address sustainability, development of performance based specifications to encourage selection of appropriate materials and the use of sustainable concrete design opportunities in structures to provide increased confidence in use.