The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association is seeking abstracts for the 2013 International Concrete Sustainability Conference, scheduled for May 6-8 in San Francisco at the Hotel Sofitel San Francisco Bay (Redwood City, CA). The 8th annual conference will provide learning and networking opportunities on the latest advances, technical knowledge, continuing research, tools and solutions for sustainable concrete manufacturing and construction. This year’s conference is being conducted in cooperation with the Stanford University Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

"I am excited that the conference is coming to the San Francisco area in 2013 and that Stanford will contribute its expertise to the technical program,” said Dr. Michael Lepech, assistant professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University. “We've been doing some cutting edge research with innovative concrete materials and cements that will enhance the life cycle performance and sustainability profile of the built environment. We plan to present this work, along with other ongoing work in the areas of life cycle assessment and design of concrete systems at the conference.”

Lionel Lemay, senior vice president of sustainable development for NRMCA, adds “Engaging academic leaders together with practitioners in the manufacturing, construction, design and regulatory world will serve to accelerate the construction industry toward a truly sustainable future. And for that reason, we’re very proud to have Stanford participating in the conference.”

Researchers, academics, students, engineers, architects, contractors, concrete producers, public works officials, material suppliers and concrete industry professionals are invited to present and attend the conference. Suggested topics include the latest developments related to design, specifying, manufacturing, testing, construction, maintenance and research of concrete as they relate to sustainability:

  • Life Cycle Assessment – Assessing carbon footprint, embodied energy and other environmental impacts for buildings, infrastructure, and cement and concrete manufacturing.
  • Low Impact Development – Pervious pavements and erosion control structures. Urban heat island reduction, light colored pavements, green roofs and cool communities.
  • Green Concrete – Recycled and alternative materials, including aggregates, water, cementitious materials and fuels. Beneficial use of byproducts for cement and concrete production.
  • New Concrete Technology – Durability, extended service life models and validation, performance-based specifications to foster sustainability. Innovative concrete production methods.
  • Sustainability Initiatives – Green building codes and standards adopted by building owners, designers, contractors and product manufacturers. Economic incentives and legislation.
  • Functional Resilience – High performance concrete applications in buildings and infrastructure, fortified building codes and community initiatives focusing on disaster resistance and adaptive reuse.

Abstracts can be submitted online through Friday, November 30.