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CO2 cut by concrete, say producers

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CONCRETE specialists have claimed the use of reinforced concrete in structures will help improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The Thermal Mass: Concrete Solutions for a Changing Climate report by experts at industry lobbying body the Concrete Centre says that by using the mass of concrete to absorb high temperatures, carbon dioxide emissions from a building can be dramatically reduced.

Anna Scothern, head of concrete performance at the Concrete Centre, warned that the changes to building regulations are pressurising designers into using energy-intensive air conditioning systems that could increase greenhouse gas.But she claimed the use of concrete could help reduce the need for air conditioning.

Mrs Scothern said: 'The high thermal mass and night-time cooling provide a cost-effective alternative to air conditioning.'