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CN tower, Toronto. Architect: John Andrews

5 Key Benefits that Protect our Communities

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Safe and strong

Concrete offers unsurpassed structural strength and durability. Unlike other materials, concrete only gets stronger over time.

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Resistant to natural disasters

Concrete can absorb earthquakes and outlast tornadoes, hurricanes, high winds and floods, thanks to its strength and low permeability. After Hurricane Katrina, a concrete home in Pass Christian, MS was the only structure left standing in its neighborhood.

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Fire resistant

Concrete will not burn — it can take on temperatures of over 537 degrees Celsius. It enables you to outperform building requirements, instead of just meeting them.

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The path to passive survivability

Concrete improves the passive survivability of buildings when power or heating fuel services are lost — increasing comfort and minimizing energy demands.

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Mitigates Risk and Recovery Costs

Investing in a durable and resilient material like concrete reduces risks and recovery costs from extreme weather events and other natural disasters and it minimizes maintenance costs.

Resilience: Adapting to Climate Change

Dr. Blair Feltmate, Head of the Intact Centre on Climate Adaption at the University of Waterloo, discusses the urgent need for infrastructure to be resilient in the face of climate change.