Concrete production is responsible for 8% of the worlds CO2 emissions annually, this is comparable to the total annual CO2 emissions from all the worlds forest fires.  Constructing an average house 75m² using  a concrete base will release approximately 10,000 M³ of CO2 Gas.

Annual concrete production is responsible for 9% of global fresh water consumption, this is comparable to the flow rate of the Niagara falls for 350 hours (which is 3 billion M³ a year).  Constructing an average house 75m² using  a concrete base will consume approximately 9.5 M³ of fresh water.

17 Loads

  • 4 Loads Of Ready Mix Concrete
  • 2 Loads Of Concrete Blocks
  • 6 Loads Of Stone Aggregates
  • 4 Loads Surplus Soil Removal
  • 1 Load Of Miscellaneous Building Materials

The Environmental Impact

The Environmental Impact of constructing an average
house base with a ground floor area of 60m2,
using concrete in a strip foundation, rising walls
& sub floor, requires the following materials:

  • Ready Mix Concrete & Concrete Blocks 44m3
  • Fresh Water Volume 8m3
  • Deliveries to site @ 20 tonnes each 19 truck loads
  • Diesel fuel used 422 litres

Using this amount of concrete will lead to the following emissions of CO2 gas

  • CO2 Gas Emission from Concrete 18 Tonnes/10300m3
  • CO2 Gas emissions from Fuel 1.13Tonnes = 628m3
  • Water Consumption 8000 litres

Comparison

Traditional Masonry Construction

Traditional Masonry

80 Tonnes Average weight

MMC’s are much lighter than concrete built structures & they don’t require non sustainable concrete foundations or floors

MMC’s Modern Methods of Construction

Timber Frame

50% Lighter

Steel Frame

60% Lighter

Sip Frame

80% Lighter