The Concrete Sustainability Hub (CSHub) was established at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) by the Foundation and the Portland Cement Association. Please visit the CSHub Website to view all of the research briefs, reports and updates. See a schedule of upcoming webinars or to view recordings of recent webinars on the CSHub's YouTube channel. The 2019 CSHub's Annual Report is also available.
Other Sustainability-Related Resources, Reports & Guides
NRMCA Materials Ingredient Reporting Guidance – This report provides guidance on how ready mixed concrete producers may contribute to the credit titled LEED v4 Materials and Resources: Building Product Disclosure and Optimization - Material Ingredients.
Factors Controlling the pH of Recycled Concrete Aggregate (RCA): Executive Summary – Recycled concrete aggregate (RCA) is often used as a substitute for natural, virgin aggregate in pavement construction applications. This report examined the RCA leachate generation from stockpiles and road base applications. The Executive Summary is included on the link above and the final report and a PowerPoint presentation are also available upon request.
Reflectivity of Light Emitting Diodes and Incandescent Light on Concrete and Asphalt Pavements – This report evaluates the reflectivity of both concrete and asphalt pavements using both traditional Incandescent lighting and the newer technology of Light Emitting Diodes (LED) lighting.
Sustainable Concrete Plant Guidelines, Version 1.1 – The Guidelines form the basis for a Sustainable Concrete Plant Certification offered by the National Ready mixed Concrete Association. Please click here for more information. Additional supporting materials, including calculators and checklists, may be obtained by contacting Jennifer LeFevre.
Crushed Concrete Aggregate as Aggregates for New Concrete – This study was conducted at NRMCA's Lab and details how the proper use of crushed returned concrete can save the concrete industry $300 million annually in materials and disposal costs.
New Technology-Based Approach to Advance Higher Volume Fly Ash Concrete with Acceptable Performance – This study was conducted at NRMCA's Lab and was co-funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's Combustion Byproducts Recycling Consortium. The companion Guide for the Construction Team is also available.
Effect of Pavement Type on Fuel Consumption and Emissions in City Driving – This final report came from the University of Texas at Arlington. To receive the companion tool Roadway Fuel Consumption and Emissions Calculator, please contact Jennifer LeFevre.
Pervious Concrete Pavement Resources
Note: Pervious Concrete Materials also fall under Concrete Applications. They are included here due to their sustainability and stormwater management attributes.
Evaluation of the Effects of Deicer Chemical Methodologies on Pervious Concrete & Development of a Deicer Chemical Testing Method for Pervious Concrete – This report, conducted at Washington State University and Lamar University, evaluates deterioration impacts of deicer chemicals on pervious concrete.
An Integrated Study of Pervious Concrete Mixture Design for Wearing Course Applications – This report from the National Concrete Pavement Technology Center at Iowa State University, included funding from the Federal Highway Administration.
Performance Evaluation of In-Service Pervious Concrete Pavements in Cold Weather – This report looks at the structural and hydraulic performance as well as the durability of pervious concrete installations throughout the state of Minnesota.
Portland Cement Pervious Pavement Field Performance Investigation on Parking Lot and Roadway Pavements – This report was prepared at Cleveland State University and demonstrates the successful use of pervious concrete in freeze-thaw environments, with little maintenance required.
Compressive Strength of Pervious Concrete Pavements – This report, prepared by the Stormwater Management Academy at the University of Central Florida, examines the compressive strength of pervious concrete and the relationship between strength and permeability.
Construction & Maintenance Assessment of Pervious Concrete Pavements – This report, prepared by the Stormwater Management Academy at the University of Central Florida, details construction and maintenance issues to ensure maximum performance of pervious concrete.
Hydraulic Performance Assessment of Pervious Concrete Pavements for Stormwater Management Credit – This report, prepared by the Stormwater Management Academy at the University of Central Florida, focuses on the stormwater management properties of pervious concrete.