A new book from the U.S. Green Concrete Council seeks to help designers make the "greenest" use of concrete, which is billed as the most utilized building material on the planet. Concrete takes a lot of energy to produce but it can also provide benefits, according to the book, "The Sustainable Concrete Guide." The retired structural engineer who was the director of the editorial panel responsible for the book said, "We want to quantify the true benefit, rather than just greenwashing."

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