The Sustainability of Shotcrete

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Shotcrete refers to concrete placement onto surfaces, such as a below-grade basement or garage wall, at high velocity using specialized equipment. This technique aids in material compaction and consolidation. There are two processes, dry-mix or wet-mix, that shotcrete contractors may choose after careful review of the project’s specifications. There are several applications for this method of applying concrete, including:

  • Channel lining
  • Grouted riprap
  • Slope stabilization
  • Facing for shoring
  • Structural finish walls

Many advantages make this an attractive option for both new construction and repair work. A few of the main benefits of this process are its cost-effectiveness, low permeability, enhanced strength, construction speed, and ability to be applied to irregular or hard-to-reach areas. Most notably, the American Shotcrete Association (ASA) recognizes that these benefits make it sustainable when professionally used by experienced, licensed shotcrete contractors like Buesing Corp.

What is Sustainability?

While there is no one agreed-upon universal definition, the UN World Commission on Environment and Development, as quoted by the University of California Los Angeles, refers to “…development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” (UCLA: Sustainability, n.d.). It, along with environmental friendliness, is one of the most focused issues.

According to the United States Protection Agency, it is based on a simple, shared principle: “Everything we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment. To pursue sustainability is to create and maintain the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony to support present and future generations” (EPA, n.d.).

A Closer Look at Concrete’s Sustainability

Because shotcrete refers to applying concrete rather than a product, it’s essential to consider the material’s sustainability. The Portland Cement Association (PCA) states that not only is concrete sustainable, but it is also manufactured using energy-efficient measures and, at the end of its long life-cycle, can be recycled. Recycling minimizes the amount of waste in landfills and raw materials required to produce new materials.

Buesing Corp can assist the owner, or general contractor obtain their LEED goals by importing recycled concrete aggregate base course (ABC) to the project. Our company can also help by providing onsite crushing and recycling of concrete for reuse on the project. Alternatively, we can haul the demolition debris to our main recycling facility, conveniently located in Chandler.

Experienced, Licensed Shotcrete Contractors

Since 1986, Buesing Corp has self-performed shotcrete work, strengthening our ability to better serve our clients with a complete shoring and permanent shotcrete finish wall package on basements and below-grade garage projects. As experienced, licensed shotcrete contractors, we can also provide ancillary services for various Valley markets.

Buesing Corp is a specialty civil contractor serving the construction industry since 1965. Our company provides many civil-related contracting services involving earthwork, trucking, dirt brokering, aggregates, shoring, crushing, recycling, foundation drilling, and residential and commercial concrete.

Please contact us today at (602) 233-3339 to discuss your next project.

The diversity of our equipment fleet and the quality of our employees, coupled with our breadth of experience, allows Buesing Corp to serve various market sectors throughout the greater Phoenix metropolitan area. These include but are not limited to public works, health facilities, airports, commercial buildings, and infrastructure.

Resources:

“Cement and Concrete Sustainability.” The Portland Cement Association (PCA).

“Learn About Sustainability.” The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

“Recycled Concrete: Integrated Paving Solutions.” The Portland Cement Association (PCA).

“Sustainability.” The American Shotcrete Association (ASA).

“What is shotcrete, and when is it used?” The American Concrete Institute (ACI).

“What is Sustainability?” The University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).

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