Concrete kerbing is a popular feature in several commercial landscapes across Australia. This type of landscape edging is loved for its ability to provide functionality as well as aesthetics. But how does the environment benefit from the installation of concrete kerbing? There are lots of different ways through which the environment can benefit from the use of this type of kerbing, and it is important for businesses to be well-aware of these benefits. Here is a look at a number of concrete kerbing characteristics that lead to environmental advantages.
Concrete kerbing is favoured on many commercial properties because of its tremendous reserve of strength. When properly designed, installed and maintained, kerbing made of concrete can last for a long time without showing any signs of serious structural damage resulting from the beat-down of harsh elements outside. This means it will take years and years before new concrete material is required to either restore or replace old kerbing. When the demand for raw materials (sand and cement) used to make concrete kerbing goes down, activities like sand dredging and gravel mining in quarries will also be reduced. This limits the negative environmental impact on land and water sources like rivers and oceans.
As compared to other kerbing options like those built with wood, the materials used to make concrete kerbing are in abundant supply. While it may be necessary to source wood used for kerbing from well-managed forest plantations, the sand, limestone and gravel used to make concrete kerbing is readily available in Australia as well as several other parts of the world. This means you won't have to worry about the raw materials used for the construction of concrete kerbing running out because of increasing demand.
There are lots of practical uses for concrete kerbing that is no longer being used. Concrete from old kerbing can be crushed up into smaller pieces and used as aggregate or base material in new concrete driveway construction, for example. Since the old concrete gets a new lease of life, the materials and energy costs for manufacture of new concrete is reduced. This is good for the environment.
Lower embodied energy
As compared to other durable kerbing options such as steel edging, concrete kerbing has a lower embodied energy. This means that relatively less energy is required to construct concrete kerbing that is comparable to one made of steel. Using a kerbing construction material with a lower embodied energy is definitely a good move in terms of environmental protection.