Over the past few years, there has been considerable discussion on concrete construction and its impact on global warming. The authors argue concrete is, in fact, a relatively low-impact material, not only due to its durability, long service life, and recyclability, but also because of increasing investments in more sustainable manufacturing technologies.
The lack of standardized terminology results in bids, including fully refined, ground, and polished concrete floors as well as surface-applied sealers or coatings. Using contractor terminology to build a means and methods specification always backfires, and the nature of the language leaves the design firm and owner at risk for poor outcomes.
Research is ongoing to advance precast concrete insulated wall panel technology by developing materials and design to double its thermal performance and reduce weight by half without increasing costs. The main goal of this project is to promote passive envelope technologies for improving energy efficiency in new construction.
Wood flooring offers more advantages than just aesthetic appeal in both homes and commercial settings. It is easy to clean and is significantly more stain-resistant than carpeting. Wood is also strong and durable, and if properly cared for, its hard surface can last for decades.