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These ingenious floors use 70% less concrete and 90% less steel

Nate Berg of FastCompany writes on one company that is creating floors that use 70% less concrete and 90% less steel than traditional floors.

The C3 Take
  • Floors are the most polluting part of buildings due to the materials that are required to build them, such as steel and cement.
  • A team of architects has designed a floor slab that uses only 30% of the concrete and 10% of the steel of a typical floor.
  • By 2060 it is expected that the total floor area of buildings around the world will double.
  • This innovation will go a long way in reducing the carbon footprint of buildings, especially in developing countries and urban areas.

“The most polluting part of a building is hiding underfoot. Floors account for more than 40% of most multi-story buildings’ total mass, and many of the surfaces that hold up office floors and apartments are made of concrete.”

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