Buildings account for around 40% of energy consumption in the European Union.

        Increased awareness of the role of the built environment in maintaining the sensitive balance between man and nature has placed Sustainability at the heart of modern construction and design. A sustainable approach to construction brings lasting environmental, social and economic benefits to society.

        Concrete has valuable inherent properties that can significantly contribute to the above-mentioned three pillars of sustainable construction for the benefit of people and society.

        In April 2014, the Serbian Cement Association also launched a Serbian edition of this publication.  For the launch, a high level event was organised at the Faculty of Civil Engineering in Belgrade, bringing together representatives from the Serbian ministries, the construction sector, as well as students studying architecture and civil engineering.