1. REINFORCED CONCRETE IN RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION
Reinforced concrete was invented in 1849 by Joseph Monier to make bridges and dams stronger. It consists of concrete being formed and allowed to set around steel bars called rebar. The first reinforced concrete bridge was built in 1889. Reinforced concrete is now the common practice in commercial and residential buildings.
2. CONCRETE IS A BIG DEAL IN ASIA
China is the largest consumer of concrete in the world.
3. SOME CONCRETE ACTUALLY LETS WATER PASS THROUGH!
Pervious concrete is deliberately porous. It has numerous air voids which can total between 15 to 25 percent of its entire volume. Water can run through the voids to the ground below. It is sometimes used for sidewalks and driveways, but never for residential foundations.
AN INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FROM MUHAMMAD ALI
“It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out, it’s the pebble in your shoe.”