Cement Manufacturers Ireland (CMI) has started an education and communications campaign to help promote the many advantages of concrete
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Cement Manufacturers Ireland (CMI) has started an education and communications campaign to help promote the many advantages of concrete. Concrete is the second most consumed material on the planet, but it is largely ‘invisible’ to most of us as we go about our daily lives, states CMI.

In order to build a comprehensive understanding of concrete we have to start with the basic messages about how cement is made, and that is the purpose of the below video. CMI has a series of videos planned that will build on this basic foundation and will, for example, end up as a resource that universities and colleges can use with their students. The videos will also be a component of CPD courses for engineers and architects.

CMI will be working closely with the concrete industry to develop some of these videos and we will also be seeking input from engineers to ensure the accuracy and relevance of the key messages in the videos.

Concrete is largely an overlooked and undervalued material. It is used extensively by engineers to deliver a sustainable built environment which will become even more critical as the population of the planet reaches nine billion, 75 per cent of whom will be living in urban areas, says the CMI.

Cement is the vital ingredient in concrete, one of the world’s most versatile and commonly used building materials. “Concrete is a ubiquitous material in most urban landscapes. Modern societies have come to rely on concrete and cement to deliver the structures and services that we all take for granted,” it adds.

Cement is, in simple terms, the glue that holds the ingredients in concrete together. Cement is added at approximately 10-12 per cent during the production of modern concrete. In addition to cement, the constituents of concrete are aggregate, sand and water. It is the cement that allows the concrete to be shaped to suit the application and goes on to provide the essential strength for construction projects whatever their size. Concrete is the second most consumed material on the planet after water.

Concrete shapes the built environment in the form of homes, schools, hospitals, offices, drainage and irrigations systems, ports, underground pipes, roads bridges and runways.

Cement is a vital ingredient for economic development and cement production is an essential competence for all vibrant progressive economies.

Cement production is energy-intensive, accounting for about five per cent of global anthropogenic emissions of carbon dioxide. It is linked with a wide range of sustainability issues, including climate change, emissions to air and water, natural resource usage and the health and safety of its employees. “The challenge for the world’s cement industry is to balance the increasing demand for cement with the need to ensure continuous sustainable improvements and to focus on leaving a positive legacy for future generations,” states CMI.

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  Cement Manufacturers Ireland (CMI) has started an education and communications campaign to help promote the many advantages of concrete. Concrete is the second most consumed material on the planet, but it is largely 'invisible' to most of us as we go about our daily lives, states CMI. In order to build...