In creating resilient and sustainable residences, concrete has proven that it has qualities that make it the ideal construction material, writes Kenneth Hooker. Concrete provides strength and stiffness, and is resistant to decay, he notes. All of these allow concrete to be versatile, and should disaster strike, restoration will be less expensive and easier. Although building codes may not be written requiring concrete, the benefits it offers will continue to make it an appealing and competitive construction material, Hooker asserts.

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