GCC: increasing housing demands to spur needs for green concrete

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With infrastructure project awards across the region forecast to exceed $86 billion (Dh316bn) in 2014, according to construction intelligence firm Ventures Onsite, demand for concrete is set to rise significantly in the GCC, which already accounts for over 40 per cent of the Middle East concrete consumption.

Several of the world’s largest construction and concrete companies will gather in Dubai this month to discuss solutions to ensure a consistent supply of the world’s most-used building material – concrete.

Previous construction booms have seen the supply of concrete unable to meet demand, leading to spiralling prices and delayed projects, experts maintain. Discussions on the availability and reliability of current concrete technologies are set to take place at the International Concrete Technology Forum, at Middle East Concrete.

“Developers in the GCC have implemented the latest and most advanced technologies of ready-mixed concrete in the construction of high rise buildings and iconic structures. High performance concrete has been used with emphasis on concrete placeability, strength and durability,” said Ihab Bassiouni, UAE Country Manager for Grey Matters Consultancy, and advisory board member for Middle East Concrete.

“More attention shall be paid to the impact of concrete on the environment where new sustainable solutions, in terms of concrete materials and production facilities, shall be adopted in order to cope with the rising trend towards sustainable developments in the region,” he added.

Construction leaders are debating the capacity available for these methods, as new concrete technologies such as ‘shotcrete’ super high strength concrete have not yet been introduced into the region.

Talking about the burgeoning concrete market in the region, Adel Taybah, Plants and Works Manager for Ready Mix Beton and advisory board member for Middle East Concrete, said: “The growing concrete industry in the region continues to stay ahead of the trends, aiming at ensuring energy and cost efficiency, as well as contributing to sustainable structures by adopting green technologies.”

Taybah added: “Though cement markets faced tough times recently amid the slowdown, the demand has well and truly returned, along with demand for more advanced concrete technology to support the region’s mega projects.”

With sustainability a key issue for cement production given its high pollution output, one of the main panels at the event will review the latest low carbon-emitting concrete innovations. The conference takes place from November 17-20.

 

Source: Zawya

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