There is more than 1.6 billion square feet of LEED-certified commercial space in the U.S., according to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The concrete industry can hold its head high in doing its part in contributing to this impressive total.
As evidence, one does not have to look any further than the annual GreenSite Awards, presented by THE CONCRETE PRODUCER and its sister publication CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION. Entries, which were the most we received in the award program's four years, covered the gamut. They ranged from an innovative concrete heating tower inside a home to tilt-up wall panels in a water authority's headquarters building to pervious concrete sidewalks, curbs, and gutters at a pilot street project. And there were many more.
However, not nearly all of the projects to which concrete has contributed to sustainability are officially recognized by the USGBC's LEED program. Concrete producers do their part every day, whether this is through recycling efforts, using environmentally sensitive and locally sourced materials, or capturing marketshare from asphalt and steel.
This year, we recognized projects in eight categories, in addition to our Readers' Choice winner. For more details and photographs of the winning projects, click the links below. The winners also will be recognized at 2012 World of Concrete.
2011 GreenSite Award Winners