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Confederation Bridge, P.E.I., Architect: Jean M. Muller

5 Key Elements to a Low Carbon, Climate Resilient Infrastructure

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Durability

Concrete is one of the most durable materials on earth. Well designed, well placed concrete offers exceptional durability and longevity in any structure, reducing maintenance and the need for reconstruction.

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Resilience

Concrete is resilient in the harshest of environmental conditions. It is sufficiently strong to resist impacts, strong winds, blasts and natural catastrophes like earthquakes, tornadoes and floods.

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Low Maintenance

Concrete is dimensionally stable in all environments, maintaining a finish resistant to damage from direct exposure to fire, rain, hail, UV rays, airborne pollutants and weathering conditions associated with our harshest environments.

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Low carbon footprint

Concrete’s durability, low maintenance, resilience, recyclability and innovations like Portland-limestone cement, also known as Contempra, make it the lowest carbon building material over the lifecycle.

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Cost Effectiveness

Concrete structures offer a level of serviceability over other materials that reduces the cost of ownership over the lifecycle, including the cost of bringing structures back into use after a major disruption.

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.