Traditionally, cement and concrete are not two building materials that are synonymous with green building practices.
Cement is a major component of concrete and its production requires immense fossil fuel consumption and therefore a huge contributor to carbon dioxide emissions (major component of greenhouse gas). Sand, stone (and water) make up the other components of concrete, which contributes to the destruction of the land through mining.
Fortunately there are some exciting new products on the market that move concrete into the sustainability bracket, which provides users with all the benefits of concrete without the hazardous environmental effects. There are many beautiful concrete styles to create high impact working, living and entertaining environments.