The U.S. Green Concrete Council (USGCC) has released “The Sustainable Concrete Guide—Strategies and Examples,” a new book examining specific strategies for the best of use of concrete in high-performance green buildings. Content includes case studies, technical data and references, and practices that can be implemented immediately.

Divided into three parts, the guide examines use of concrete as a widely used building material across the globe, best use in sustainable structures (separated into 11 chapters including carbon footprint; stormwater management; economic impact; and thermal transmission), and 12 specific case studies. Within the case studies are three specific structure types: parking structures and parking lots; single-family and multifamily residences; and commercial, institutional and industrial structures.

“Green building practices have been in the spotlight for quite some time in the U.S. and around the world,” says Andrea J. Schokker, the guide’s author and professor and head of the civil engineering department at the University of Minnesota Duluth.  “‘The Sustainable Concrete Guide–Strategies and Examples’ is a first-of-its-kind guide that fills the pressing need for a comprehensive source on implementing sustainable concrete building practices and techniques immediately.  This book presents real-world examples that can be used to guide any engineer, architect, specifier, building owner, or contractor who is interested in learning how to most effectively and efficiently integrate concrete in durable and sustainable structures.”
“The Sustainable Concrete Guide–Strategies and Examples,” will be available for purchase in spring 2010.