As each year passes, we become increasingly aware of our impact on the environment caused by construction. Advances in chemistry and on-site methodology continue to shape the future of the products that we install.
Simply put, it is our responsibility to preserve and protect our environment for future generations to come.
Exposed concrete floor finishes are becoming a large part of the sustainable future. The combination of colours and textures for concrete surfaces provides an almost limitless expression of creativity for architects and long term durability for owners. Please review our presentation on architectural finishes for further information.
The CFCA continues to develop sustainable solutions through a number of recommended initiatives:
- Designing floors using steel fibres to minimize slab thickness, optimize concrete materials usage and enhancing performance
- Replacing cement in ready mixed concrete with up to 25% slag or 15% fly ash in hot weather conditions and up to 10% cement replacement in cold weather conditions (<10°C)
- The use of concrete floors as a final finish using pigmented surface hardeners, stains & dyes and polished concrete systems
- Designing floors to include consideration of future maintenance and lifespan (durability)
- The use of reinforced concrete floor designs for toughness, low maintenance and maximum performance
- The use of light reflective surface hardeners to reduce light energy usage
- The use of dry shake surface hardeners to improve surface durability
- The use of water based floor sealer products to eliminate solvents
- Recycling wood, paper and cardboard construction and packaging products
- Reducing the number of site mobilizations to reduce transportation emissions
If you have any concerns or other suggestions, please feel free to send us an e-mail.