Concrete Structures are Resilient and Durable
Buildings and pavements that "stand the test of time" through their extreme durability and low maintenance requirements have a significant sustainable advantage over other structures. The water and cement in concrete chemically combine to form a paste that binds the sand and stone, together producing the necessary strength and durability to provide serviceability in a wide range of environmental conditions.
Moisture, which can undermine other building materials through rust or rot, has no weakening effect on concrete. Neither termites nor mold take any toll on concrete either.
In fact, concrete continues to strengthen over time, which is why concrete structures built thousands of years ago are still intact, such as the Roman aqueducts, Coliseum and Pantheon.
Concrete's legendary strength also enables it to withstand most man-made and natural disasters, including fires, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornados, explosions and even tidal waves. There is no stronger testament to the sustainability of concrete buildings than when they are the only ones still standing.