Durable, versatile, dependable, and easily available, concrete is among the world’s time-honored structural and fi nish materials. Even more compelling
than its long-standing benefits are new advantages conferred by recent improvements to concrete technology. In fact, several new formulations and application methods offer benefi ts in both design and construction for Building Teams, especially with regard to new building materials, construction techniques, reinforcement approaches, and decorative finishes.
After reading this article, you should be able to:
Understand new materials and construction approaches affecting the specification, design, and erection of concrete structures.
Describe the various attributes of concrete that impact the sustainability of commercial and institutional building.
Compare the benefits and drawbacks of various approaches to concrete mixes, reinforcement methods, structures, and decorative finishes.