GFRC – Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete and Sustainable Design

GFRC Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete and Sustainable Design

GFRC contains materials that, taken from the soil, have no adverse effect on the environment. Concrete’s components include Fly Ash, Silica Sand, Portland cement and aggregate. In GFRC we introduce the component of fiberglass as well as other natural chemicals in order to produce a super strong and flexible material. The process of producing the water based material produces no chemical off-gas or byproducts.

GFRC is a green material in many ways. Primarily, the use of recycled aggregates such as recycled glass, metals and other recycled materials give GFRC both a modern look as well.

The LEED rating system has become the basis for evaluating the claims for Green Architecture. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System® is a voluntary, consensus-based national standard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings.

LEED was created to:

define “green building” by establishing a common standard of measurement, promote integrated, whole-building design practices recognize environmental leadership in the building industry, stimulate green competition raise consumer awareness of green building benefits transform the building market Members of the U.S. Green Building Council representing all segments of the building industry developed LEED and continue to contribute to its evolution. LEED standards are currently available or under development for, New commercial construction and major renovation projects as well as many other project typologies.

The aspects of GFRC which make it a green material include its composition of natural materials such as sand, and other aggregates. Also, the inclusion of recycled content gives the design team to specify this material and garner LEED points for their projects.

For more information on LEED and ‘Green Building’ please visit the GFRC Construction Green Building section of the website.

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