PCI: 2019 Summer Ascent

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RESILIENCE IS THE NEW SUSTAINABILITY BY EVAN REIS For many years, the design and construction industry has equated the term sustainability with carbon footprint. When this is the primary metric by which sustainability is measured, it is difficult for concrete to compete, because it must play catchup both in technology and perception when compared to other materials. The concrete industry is missing an essential strategy where it is a natural leader compared to other materials. Carbon, or green design, is only one component of sustainability. The other is resilience.

The U.S. Resiliency Council awarded its first platinum rating to the City of Roseville, Calif., Office Building, constructed with total–precast concrete system. Photo: LPAS Architecture + Design.

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