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Title: Formation Of Sustainable Concrete By Social Perspectives In The Japanese Concrete Industry
Authors: Henry, Michael
Kato, Yoshitaka
Issue Date: Mar-2010
Publisher: Society for Social Management Systems
Journal Title: Society for Social Management Systems Internet Journal
Volume: 6
Issue: 1
Abstract: It is difficult to determine what constitutes sustainable concrete since the term sustainability itself is not clearly defined. The first part of this research proposes one approach to this problem by combining sociology of technology theory with a model for technology formation. Sustainable concrete could be visualized as the integration of sustainable knowledge with concrete engineering knowledge, but the input of the social groups is necessary to select the appropriate criteria. The next part of this research was conducted to survey the perspectives on sustainable concrete held by social groups in the Japanese concrete industry by interviewing people involved in concrete technology and development, and to integrate those perspectives into the formation model. There was little difference between social groups regarding sustainable concrete, and they defined sustainable concrete as that which is durable and evaluated using life cycle cost and life cycle CO2 emissions. The utilization of waste and recycled materials is also important, but only if durability and quality can be maintained. Since cement is the primary contributor of CO_2, its volume should be reduced as much as possible. The similarity of responses between the social groups indicates that even among those knowledgeable about sustainability, there still remains uncertainty regarding what role each social group will be responsible for in an industry which practices sustainability.
Type: Conference Paper
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10173/1851
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