The U.S. Green Concrete Council (USGCC) announced the release of its new book, “The Sustainable Concrete Guide – Applications.” 

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – The U.S. Green Concrete Council (USGCC) announced the release of its new book, “The Sustainable Concrete Guide – Applications.”

A companion resource to the “The Sustainable Concrete Guide-Strategies and Examples,” “The Sustainable Concrete Guide - Applications” provides readers with specific sustainable benefits of concrete’s various applications to assist in selecting/specifying concrete materials and products. Also included are tips and case studies on specifying concrete materials, constructing for sustainability, integrating into sustainable structures, and navigating green codes and standards. The guide is divided into five parts:

• Part 1 – Materials  

Chapter 1 – Water 

Chapter 2 – Cement 

Chapter 3 – Supplementary cementitious materials 

Chapter 4 – Aggregates 

Chapter 5 – Reinforcement 

Chapter 6 – Admixtures 

Chapter 7 – Other materials and technologies 

• Part 2 – Construction  

Chapter 8 – Construction team 

Chapter 9 – Planning and building information modeling 

Chapter 10 – Managing construction 

Chapter 11 – Quality control and commissioning 

• Part 3 – Applications  

Chapter 12 – Architectural precast 

Chapter 13 – Cast-in-place 

Chapter 14 – Cast stone 

Chapter 15 – Foundations 

Chapter 16 – Hardscape/pavement 

Chapter 17 – Insulated forms 

Chapter 18 – Masonry 

Chapter 19 – Pipe 

Chapter 20 – Precast 

Chapter 21 – Shotcrete 

Chapter 22 – Tile roof 

Chapter 23 – Tilt-up 

• Part 4 – Concrete in Sustainable Structures  

Chapter 24 – Integration of concrete structural elements 

Chapter 25 – Solutions by integration of concrete elements 

Chapter 26 – Maintenance and repair 

Chapter 27 – Preservation and adaptive reuse

• Part 5 – Codes  

Chapter 28 – National, state, and local codes 

The book is authored by Andrea J. Schokker, professor and head of the civil engineering department at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Schokker is a member of the Board of Direction for the American Concrete Institute (ACI) and is active in many ACI committees including Joint ACI-ASCE Committee 423, Prestressed Concrete, and 318-G, a sub-committee of 318, Structural Concrete Building Code. She is the chair of ACI Committee 130, Sustainability of Concrete.

Schokker has received awards for both her technical contributions and her educational efforts, including the ACI Young Member Award for Professional Achievement (2004); the ACI Outstanding Educational Committee Member Award (2003); the Post-Tensioning Institute Outstanding Educator Award (2004); Penn State’s Engineering Society Outstanding Teaching Award (2004); and Penn State’s Lawrence J. Perez Student Advocate Award (2003).

“The transformation toward sustainable development provides the concrete industry with a tremendous opportunity and responsibility to inform stakeholders about our material’s ability to not only enhance but also protect our planet,” said Andrea Schokker, author of the guide.

“The Sustainable Concrete Guide – Applications’ is a follow-up resource to ‘The Sustainable Concrete Guide – Strategies and Examples’ and provides specific benefits of concrete’s various applications to assist in selecting and specifying concrete materials and products to meet sustainability goals.”

Also an integral part in the creation of the book is the editorial review panel of the U.S. Green Concrete Council. Past ACI president Florian Barth serves as chair of the editorial review panel and is also the president of the U.S. Green Concrete Council. Other members include Michael Deane, vice president and chief sustainability officer at Turner Construction Company; Kevin MacDonald, vice president of engineering services at Cemstone; Aris Papadopoulos, CEO of Titan America; Michael Paul, lead structural engineer and senior consultant for Duffield Associates; the late Richard Stehly, president of ACI and principal of American Engineering & Testing; and Wayne Trusty, president of Athena Institute International.  

The U.S. Green Concrete Council was established in 2009, with the purpose of disseminating information on sustainable concrete. The organization aims to satisfy the immediate demand for resources on the role of concrete in sustainable buildings and to facilitate the development of additional sustainability-related consensus documents. USGCC is a division of Creative Association Management (CAM), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the American Concrete Institute (ACI).  

“The Sustainable Concrete Guide – Applications,” is available for purchase through the American Concrete Institute for a price of $85. 

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