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Lafarge’s Kingston ready mix plant produced and delivered the first ECOPact Zero concrete in Eastern Canada recently, utilizing ECOPlanet cement in the mix for the first time as well.
Lafarge Canada is supporting the Habitat for Humanity build by donating all of the concreted needed for foundations at the Rose Abbey Drive build.
The ‘Houses of Tomorrow’ project is to provide innovative, near zero CO2 footprint cement-based materials around the world, and officials say the Kingston project is an important step step in a drive to demonstrate the company’s know-how in sustainable construction around the world.
Lafarge is utilizing this industry-leading technology to supply concrete for the footing, walls, and floors of a four-plex in Kingston, working with Habitat for Humanity. Lafarge is donating all the concrete required for this exciting new build.
“We are very excited and grateful for the partnership we have with Lafarge,” said Deb Wilson, director of construction, Habitat for Humanity Kingston – Limestone Region.
“As we strive to design and build our homes with more energy efficient elements and sustainable products, it is a perfect opportunity for us to have Lafarge generously donate their ECOPact Zero carbon concrete mix for this project.
The Lafarge ECOPlanet label is only used for Lafarge’s most sustainable products. The ECOPlanet material used for the House of Tomorrow project, recorded less than half the kgCO2/mt emission over a regular portland cement. We are excited about this first milestone and are looking forward to the future supply of our ECOPlanet solutions.
“We applaud Lafarge on their commitment to our Habitat project and for being leaders in in producing greener and more sustainable products to help protect our environment,” Wilson said.
Choosing ECOPact instead of conventional concrete reduces carbon emissions, but builds sustainability into projects right from the start.
“Our family of ECOPact products has been developed to allow you to use sustainable materials for all construction applications – from foundation systems to structural elements and in between. ECOPact concretes meet CSA and ASTM standard specifications for concrete (25-50MPa) and can be tailored to meet specific project requirements if this is the most valuable approach for your project,” Lafarge explains in a news release.