California's ready mixed concrete producers are suppliers of an essential and remarkable building material-in fact, the most widely used man-made material in the world. Concrete is a remarkable material because it is at once plastic – can be molded into any shape – and becomes strong and durable when finished. These qualities explain why one material – concrete – can build skyscrapers, bridges, sidewalks, superhighways, houses and dams.
Concrete has become a key element in meeting California’s environmental goals, since concrete homes and buildings are energy efficient and can be produced from local materials and often with recyclable materials. Specific types of concrete and uses can also meet a variety of societal goals, such as concrete mixed with recylced aggregates, water, or supplementary cementitious materials (recycled fly ash, slag and other materials). And, pervious concrete pavements reduce water runoff, which helps society achieve water quality goals. It is not surprising then that concrete is increasingly requested to meet the building requirements for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).
Technical guides for concrete projects
Free design assistance at the Concrete Design Center
Examples of concrete buildings
Software for designing with concrete
Environmental & Sustainability
MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub
Caltrans Industry EPDs Update
Producers of Concrete
Find a ready mixed concrete company on the Members page.
Concrete education organizations are found on the Resources page.