Heidelberg Materials North America offers free on-demand concrete sustainability course

Heidelberg Materials North America now offers a free AIA-accredited on-demand course, 'Mastering Sustainable Concrete: on the Road to Net Zero Construction', to demonstrate to owners, contractors, specifiers and designers how to make choices that promote decarbonisation.
December 8, 2023
By Guy Woodford
Heidelberg Materials North America is offering a free AIA-accredited on-demand course, 'Mastering Sustainable Concrete: on the Road to Net Zero Construction. Pic: Heidelberg Materials

The course focuses on the environmental impact of carbon emissions related to concrete, including a basic overview of the material science that goes into concrete mixtures. It covers the industry’s Roadmap to Net Zero Concrete and real-life examples of how to reduce the environmental footprint of concrete, including an in-depth account of how choosing specific materials during project planning, design, and construction results in low carbon mixes. The course also reviews established and emerging carbon sequestration, capture utilisation and storage strategies.

Learning objectives in the course include the following: 

Identifying the key contributors to concrete’s carbon footprint and best practices to reduce those impacts. 

Defining the meaning of the term “supplementary cementitious materials” and how it relates to reducing the carbon footprint of concrete.

Pairing the benefits of various supplementary cementitious materials to the specific materials described and discussing typical applications that reduce concrete’s carbon footprint. 

Describing the role of carbon capture and storage in the industry’s Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality. 

The course is available on AEC Daily’s online continuing education platform and is geared toward learners with intermediate knowledge. Learners can earn 1.0 LU/HSW course credits. There is no cost to take the course.

'Mastering Sustainable Concrete: on the Road to Net Zero Construction' is part of a multifaceted effort by Heidelberg Materials to be a leader in decarbonising the concrete industry. In addition to its on-demand courses available through AEC Daily, the company hosts various educational events and webinars. Heidelberg Materials educates its employees in sustainability through structured training programmes that develop and empower personnel. Heidelberg Materials works with trade groups and associations to reach customers, designers and owners, conducting workshops and other events.

Achieving carbon neutrality is a global challenge, so global companies like Heidelberg Materials have a powerful role in information-sharing and education.

“To move to a more sustainable future, the concrete and cement industries aim to reach carbon neutrality by 2050, and Heidelberg Materials has the added goal of achieving 50% of our total revenue from sustainable products and solutions by 2030. But we can’t do that alone—we need to partner with people across the entire value chain, sharing our unique solutions and coming up with new ideas together,” said Larry Rowland, Heidelberg Materials Sustainability Market Manager.

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