Structures

Understanding A Building Material: Material Flow Analysis of Concrete in the United States
Principal Investigator: Manshi Low

Currently, little is known about the management of massive building materials flows. This has serious implications in how the growing volume of construction and demolition (C&D) building waste would be dealt with. A Material Flow Analysis (MFA) of concrete is proposed to increase the transparency of the movements of a widely-used building material. The MFA would provide the mass quantities of raw materials and concrete from the extraction phase (cradle) to the post-use phase (cradle) moving through the U.S. economy for a given year. Ideally, the volume of the concrete as building stock and its average residence time in the anthroposphere could be quantified.