Sustainability continues to grow as a driving force in the decision-making of Owners and Specifiers regarding construction materials and placement strategies. Shotcrete offers many significant sustainability advantages. Because shotcrete is simply a method of placing concrete, it offers all of the sustainability benefits of concrete as a building material in addition to a long list of advantages that are unique to the shotcrete method of placement.
This page contains information and links to resources designed to educate readers on the many sustainability advantages that the shotcrete process offers.
Top Sustainability Advantages of Shotcrete
- Formwork savings of 50 to 100% over conventional cast-in-place construction;
- Formwork does not have to be designed for internal pressures;
- Complex shapes require very little, if any, formwork;
- Crane and other equipment savings or elimination;
- Labor savings of at least 50% in repair applications;
- New construction speed savings of 33 to 50%;
- Speed of repair reduces or eliminates downtime;
- Better bonding to the substrate, which enhances durability;
- Adaptability to repair surfaces that are not cost-effective with other processes; and
- Ability to access restricted space and difficult-to-reach areas, including overhead and underground
A brief explanation of each of the aforementioned top advantages will be added to this section each quarter as they appear in the "Sustainability" feature of Shotcrete magazine.
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Formwork savings of 50 to 100% over conventional cast-in-place construction
Formwork does not have to be designed for internal pressures
Complex shapes require very little if any formwork
Crane and Other Equipment Savings or Elimination
Labor Savings of at Least 50% in Repair Applications
New Construction Speed Savings of 33 to 50%
Speed of Repair Reduces or Eliminates Downtime
Better Bonding to the Substrate Enhances Durability
Adaptability to Repair Surfaces That Are Not Cost-Effective with Other Processes
Ability to access restricted space and difficult-to-reach areas, including overhead and underground
Shotcrete = Sustainability
In August 2009, ASA became a full partner in the Concrete Joint Sustainability Initiative (CJSI), the concrete industry’s effort to present a unified industry approach and promote concrete and its sustainability benefits.
The Web site of the CJSI—a unified group of 27 concrete associations—is an online source for information about sustainable construction practices using concrete. The Web site includes theory and application, delving into where and how ideas are being applied as well as the facts behind the claims. Site visitors will discover case studies, research findings, and data reports on concrete sustainability and be able to sign up for "SUSTAIN l Concrete Joint Sustainability Initiative e-News and Views." This newsletter provides recipients with timely information on concrete industry events and news six times a year.
ASA is a proud member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
The U.S. Green Building Council is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.