The design of products, services, buildings, or experiences that are sensitive to environmental issues and achieve greater efficiency and effectiveness in terms of energy and materials. A common metric for green buildings is the BLEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.
A comprehensive process of design and construction that employs techniques to minimize adverse environmental impacts and reduce the energy consumption of a building, while contributing to the health and productivity of its occupants.
Concrete masonry is global a popular building product that conforms and with the correct design and choice of supplier exceeds the minimum international standards. .
From raw material production to demolition, concrete is a friend of the environment in all stages of its life span. Concrete masonry builds durable, long-lasting structures that will not rust, rot, or burn. Concrete building products can be more than double or triple the life of other common building materials, making it a natural choice for sustainable home construction.
Concrete masonry thermal mass allows it to store energy; meaning it stays warmer in the winters and cooler in the summer. This helps to save on utility bills, thus green house emissions by approximately 30%.
Limestone, the most abundant mineral on earth, is the predominant raw material for the cement in concrete. Concrete can also be made with a variety of waste by-products from power plants, steel mills, and other manufacturing facilities.
To reduce waste, concrete block is produced in the quantities needed for each project and can be recycled.
Concrete provides strength and durability to withstand volatile weather including hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, and floods.
Concrete masonry structures are designed to exceed the required strength for the design strength load.
Concrete does not provide a feeding ground for pests and termites and it is less likely that termites, ants and rodents will invade your home.
Materials and Resources
DSM Concrete masonry and concrete landscape products.
• Made from abundant local raw materials
• Manufactured close to construction sites, minimizing fuel requirements for handling and transportation.
• Able to be produced using recycled aggregates and cementites materials
Additional benefits of DSM products
Latest in per-sealing technology.
DSM have incorporate the latest innovative per-sealing technology to our products. This technology prevents water absorption , and hence no efflorescence , mold or mildew staining on the face of the product. The nano technology is incorporated during manufacture of DSM products and becomes an integral part of the DSM products for the lifetime of the product. No hazardous painting during construction or in the future will be required, saving the environment from harm full toxic paints and detergents.
Energy requirements for transportation of DSM concrete are low usually within 100 kilometers of the job site. Similarly, relatively little energy is used in producing and combining the raw materials. The overall embodied energy of concrete is therefore lower than for most structural materials other than wood.
Once in place, concrete offers significant energy efficiency over the lifetime of a building. Air leakage accounts for a large percentage of energy loss from a home. The thermal mass properties of concrete increase the efficiency of both residential and commercial buildings. By storing and releasing the energy needed for heating or cooling, concrete's thermal mass delivers year-round benefits by reducing temperature swings inside and minimizing heating and cooling costs. While insulation reduces energy loss through the building envelope, thermal mass uses walls to store and release energy.
Modern concrete wall systems use both external insulation and thermal mass to create an energy-efficient building. Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs) are hollow blocks.
As with all DSM materials, DSM blocks are formulated using high volumes of fly ash, a recycled resource that is in abundant supply as a recycled by-product from coal power plants.