Responsible sourcing of construction products is an increasingly important issue for specifiers and clients. Of all construction products, concrete is best placed to deliver the highest level of responsible sourcing due to the local availability of materials and short delivery distances. Concrete is a locally-sourced material, compared with steel which must be imported or timber which is often shipped from as far away as Canada. The components that go into making concrete – aggregates, cement, and water – are also sourced locally. Most ready-mixed concrete is only transported 20km to 30km from the production plant to the construction site.
Because concrete is locally sourced it means that monitoring its supply chain and ensuring its adherence to environmental, social, regulatory and legislative requirements is relatively straightforward.