1. Sustainability: “Our industry has recognized that cement production significantly contributes to ozone depletion and CO2 generation. Many facets of our business have made ‘impossible’ commitments in the area of sustainability, then gone on to achieve those commitments,” says Jay Shilstone, Command Alkon. BASF’s Jennifer Hamilton agrees,“We should be proud of environmental product declarations (EPD), eco-efficiency analysis (EEA), and environmentally-preferable concrete mixtures (Green Sense) that can be quantified.”
  2. Advancements in Fiber Reinforcement: “Ancient fibers of straw and animal hair have come a long way over the past 60 years. New high-strength fibers of steel and synthetics have taken reinforcement options to new, creative, and cost-effective levels.”— Dan Biddle, Forta Corp.
  3. Excitement: "You interact with different people every day and concrete being environmentally sensitive just adds to the excitement! And working with cool tools and equipment. Who wouldn’t want to use power tools, set-up lasers, and GPS, and run a laser screed, drive a skid loader, operate finishing equipment…the list goes on.” — Jereme Montgomery, Nebraska C&AA.
  4. Fly Ash, Slag Cement, and Silica Fume: They are all industrial byproducts that are being incorporated to improve concrete performance and eliminate the need for disposal. Despite recent regional fly ash shortages, the American Coal Ash Association insists that it “will continue to be produced and continue to be available for beneficial uses” well into the future. Today, ash is being removed from landfills and reconditioned for beneficial uses (like concrete).
  5. World’s tallest buildings: The tallest buildings could not be built without the strength and stiffness of high-performance concrete. The Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest, used nearly 60,000 cubic yards of concrete just in the foundation and a total of more than 250,000 cubic yards.
  6. Specialty Admixtures: Shrinkage-reducing, hydration-stabilizing, slump retention, corrosion-reducing, anti-washout, viscosity-modifying—the innovation continues!
  7. Certification: From testing technicians to precast plants to flatwork finishers, industry members are obtaining credentials certifying their knowledge.
  8. Seismic concrete design: Despite what you see in the news from places like Haiti, modern concrete structures have easily withstood major earthquakes.
  9. Lightweight concrete: Not only is it lighter and more fire-resistant, lightweight can provide internal curing water and actually dries nearly as fast as normal-weight concrete.
  10. Locally Produced: Concrete is the only construction material that is always locally produced, primarily with local materials by professional producers.