Building and Construction Authority: CEMEX and Sustainable Construction

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CEMEX is a global building materials company. The company produces and sells cement, ready-mix concrete. At CEMEX, building materials are distributed in more than 50 countries worldwide [1]. It was founded innorthern Mexico in 1906 by opening the first cement plant whereby the world headquarters is also located in the city of San Pedro Garza Garcia. Within forty years, CEMEX could increase its production of cement to about 124,000 tons daily[2]. By 1989, CEMEX has become the top 10 cement producers in the world. Today, it is a global leader in the building materials industry. 1.2 Company Profile [1] Operates in more than 50 countries in the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia. One of the world leading cement manufacture in the world. Annual sales of US$14.98 billion (2012). Figure 1: CEMEX Product Sales for 2012 1.3 Concrete , the second most consumed material in the world Urban population is expected to be increased from 47% in 2000 to 70% in 2050 which will require more buildings in the future. CEMEX has introduced a sustainability model to minimize the impact on nature for cleaner world. Figure 2: Sustainability Model Objectives of CEMEX 1.4 Areas of Priority[3] Low income housing and infrastructure Enhance Carbon strategy Lead in sustainable construction Excellence in environmental biodiversity management to reduce impact of operations. High priority to health and safety. Strengthen local communities by helping more than 300,000 families gain an access to building materials and improve their houses and helping them to rebuild after major disasters partnership with key stakeholders. CEMEX is the first to measure the greenhouse gas emissions of it products. Solutions to increase access to its produ... ... middle of paper ... ...t on environment. The following innovations are some of concrete products produced by CEMEX for more sustainable buildings.^([1]) Insulating concrete forms to keep the heat out in hot climates and to retain it in cold weather conditions. A study at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) shows that using this type of concrete instead of code compliant wood-framed construction can produce operational energy savings of 20 %.^([1]) Self-compacting concrete whichimproves the strength, durability, and life of a structure and reduce the maintenance cost during the life of structure. Pervious concrete which helps to prevent skidding on wet roads Rapid-setting concrete which contains up to 80% fly ash and produces carbon. Antibacterial concretewhich controls bacteria growth and helps maintain clean environments in structures such as hospitals and laboratories.

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