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Climate Change - Construction Materials

  • 1.  Climate Change - Construction Materials

    Posted 12 days ago
    Good morning from Grand Rapids, Michigan!

    This topic may have been covered many times over, but do you have links to studies and articles that looks at changing construction materials to help mitigate climate change? Any national/municipality goals or directives?

    Thanks for your help.

  • 2.  RE: Climate Change - Construction Materials

    Posted 10 days ago
    ​Hi Rick,

    I'm not across it all, but there are lots of research studies, etc over at  A number of quick links for you:

    David Grasby
    Senior Planner
    Sydney Water


  • 3.  RE: Climate Change - Construction Materials

    Posted 10 days ago
    Hi Rick,
    You may like to visit the Infrastructure Sustainability Council Australia website ISCA - Home 
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     I was working on my masters in sustainability studies, incomplete, with my project two case studies on major road projects in Western Australia.  The reduction of CO2 emissions by the reduction in fuel usage, recycling of concrete, minimal haul distances, nonpotable water usage and warm asphalt were all aspects of these projects.  Considering humans move more material than all geological processes combined and that quality construction materials are being depleted it is well worth investigating innovative ways of reducing the use of new materials in construction. We are on target to reach an average temperature rise of 4 degrees C.  This is likely to create an atmosphere toxic to humans, a 65m sea level rise and all the drama that goes with it.  Anything we are able to do to stave off that event is worth doing. Because it requires political action, I am pleased I won't be around to see the consequences of political inaction.



  • 4.  RE: Climate Change - Construction Materials

    Posted 6 days ago
    Thank you, Leon. I'm reading The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells (Australia is predicted to take a huge hit). 4 degrees C may now be on the conservative side. Plus our Strategic Plan includes Sustainability as one of the City of Grand Rapids' values. We do a lot with recycled asphalt pavement (RAP) in our new HMA, but I'm trying to understand if there are other things we should be looking at. This reference will help.

    Thanks again. I hope you have a great weekend.

  • 5.  RE: Climate Change - Construction Materials

    Posted 3 days ago
    Hi Rick

    It would seem most effort is put on what to do after climate change has done its best by raising road levels etc.

    Very little seems to be being done by agencies to limit feeding climate change.

    Please see attached for your interest

    For your interest Only

    Many thanks

    Mark Holding
    Project Manager
    Earthco Projects Pty Ltd ( PolyCom Stabilising Aid )
    Woodend Victoria