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      Introduction to Sustainability: Concrete Masonry and Sustainability Programs

      The topic of sustainable construction and ‘green’ building has become a market driver in recent years. Codes, standards, and ratings systems have been developed to address all aspects of sustainable construction. Concrete masonry systems and products are well suited to meet the needs and goals of such systems. This program will introduce basic concepts of sustainability, the governing standards and systems in North America, and how concrete masonry products and systems can help achieve compliance, credits, and sustainable buildings.

      Learning Objectives:

      1. Understand the core concepts of sustainability and green building.
      2. Understand the goals of sustainable construction and the needs of the green building industry
      3. Know the major codes, standards, and rating systems for sustainable construction
      4. Understand the areas where concrete masonry can contribute within sustainable codes and rating systems

      Keywords:  concrete masonry, sustainability, green building, rating systems