After water, concrete is the most utilised material in the world. It is by far the most widely-used construction material in the world. It is part of our everyday lives. However, its ubiquitous nature often means its many benefits are taken for granted.
Concrete is an extremely versatile construction material with an almost unlimited list of applications. It is non-combustible, can endure extreme temperatures and corrosive environments and can be used for all types of building and civil engineering projects. Many of the basic necessities of modern living, such as housing, water, sanitation and transport are delivered by concrete.
Concrete is inherently durable and fireproof, absorbs sound and vibration and concrete buildings can achieve the highest standards of air-tightness and energy efficiency. Concrete has thermal mass which allows it to absorb heat from the sun and release it when needed to produce a more comfortable living environment.
Concrete is inherently water-resilient and will not warp, rust or rot.
Concrete buildings are designed to last and to be flexible and adaptable meaning that buildings can easily be reconverted and internal layout can be easily changed to accommodate any design. Concrete buildings are easy to maintain and repair. Concrete walls between adjoining properties offer high levels of security and peace of mind to property owners.
Concrete is both functional and aesthetic. It can be used to build structures that are functional or grand designs which are complex and elegant.
Concrete is sourced locally, using no environmentally damaging preservatives and at the end of a long life can be recycled.