In the future the construction industry will have to be innovative in using recyclable materials.
Some of the recyclable materials used today such as fly ash will diminish as coal fired power stations close. New sources will be needed.
Speaking at the CCC Seminar at Conexpo, Las Vegas, Dr Bryan Staley, President and CEO of EREF (Environmental Research and Education Foundation), said that instead of using concrete for aggregate for road bed material, we need to be innovative about re-polymerizing the concrete material so it can be used as a structural basis, he suggests.
Recycling in the future will add more value to construction projects; part of that is about advancing innovation and the science, he affirmed.
Dr Staley pointed out that to reduce green house emissions, it is critical to make sure that that the site-specific analysis of green house emissions occurs, so that one can understand the implications on a project by project basis.
“The integration of full cost accounting with life cycle analysis to understand emissions is critical,” he stressed. “That will result in the optimisation of practices on site as well as how you acquire the materials and innovation to the greatest extent that is practicable.”
See CCC interview with Dr Staley
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