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Many misconceptions about sustainable building, says the concrete institute

Concrete has a low embodied energy which is an important factor for ‘green building’, says Bryan Perrie, managing director of The Concrete Institute.
Perrie says embodied energy is the energy consumed for the raw material extraction, transportation, manufacture, assembly, installation, disassembly and demolition of a product system over the duration of the product’s life. In the case of concrete, the embodied energy as a result of these processes is low and the total energy - when full life-cycle analysis is assessed - also low.

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