International Concrete Sustainability Conference,
Latin America

February 6-7, 2014, Medellin, Colombia

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) and Iberoamerican Federation of Ready Mixed Concrete (FIHP) along with other sponsors hosted the 2014 International Concrete Sustainability Conference, Latin America, February 6-7, 2014, in Medellin, Colombia. The conference provided learning and networking opportunities on the latest advances, technical knowledge, continuing research and solutions for sustainable concrete manufacturing, design and construction.

Principal Sponsors

NRMCA, based in Silver Spring, MD, represents the producers of ready mixed concrete and the companies that provide materials, equipment and support to the industry. It conducts education, training, certification, promotion, research, engineering, safety, environmental, technological, lobbying and regulatory programs (


The Iberoamerican Federation of Ready Mixed Concrete (FIHP) is a non-profit organization, that gathers the national associations and companies from the Latin American countries. The main purpose of the federation is to exchange experiences, to develop activities in order to promote the use of the ready mixed concrete in the construction and the evolution  of  the  industry (

Who Attended?
Researchers, academics, students, engineers, architects, contractors, concrete producers, public works officials, material suppliers and concrete industry professionals presented at and attended the conference.

Continuing Education
Attendees of the
2014 International Concrete Sustainability Conference, Latin America received up to 12 professional development hours (PDH’s), depending on the number of sessions attended.

Session Topics
Experts presented on the latest developments related to design, specifying, manufacturing, testing, construction, maintenance, and research of concrete as it relates to sustainable development.

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LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT Assessing carbon footprint, embodied energy and other environmental impacts for buildings, infrastructure, and cement and concrete manufacturing.

LOW IMPACT DEVELOPMENT Pervious pavements and erosion control structures. Urban heat island reduction, light colored pavements, green roofs and cool communities.

GREEN CONCRETE Recycled and alternative materials including aggregates, water, cementitious materials, and fuels. Beneficial use of byproducts for cement and concrete production.

NEW CONCRETE TECHNOLOGY Durability, extended service life models and validation, performance based specifications to foster sustainability. Innovative concrete production methods.

SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVES Green building codes and standards adopted by building owners, designers, contractors and product manufacturers. Economic incentives and legislation.

FUNCTIONAL RESILIENCE High performance concrete applications in buildings and infrastructure, fortified building codes, and community initiatives focusing on disaster resistance and adaptive reuse.

For more details about the conference contact Manuel Lascarro of FIHP at