UK’s first zero-carbon concrete block set to help housebuilders meet Future Homes Standard
CEMEX say they have introduced the UK’s first zero-carbon concrete block designed to significantly lower carbon emissions within the built environment by reducing the impact of new-build construction.
ReadyBlock Zero is a zero-carbon concrete block that comes with the residual CO2 offset to make it a CarbonNeutral product, in accordance with The CarbonNeutral Protocol.
The product – part of CEMEX’s Vertua family of low-carbon and sustainable urbanization solutions – is available for projects across the UK, ahead of the Government’s Future Homes Standard, which will require all new homes to produce 75–80% less carbon emissions by 2025.
By June this year, new-build homes in the UK must reduce CO2 by around 30%, so the introduction of ReadyBlock Zero represents an important and timely step for industry ahead of new legislation and the Future Homes Standard.
CEMEX say ReadyBlock Zero offers housebuilders and developers the opportunity to build lower-carbon developments, without compromising on product quality or strength.
The new CarbonNeutral block looks identical to a traditional concrete block, the only difference being that it embodies up to 80% less carbon, with the remaining carbon offset. To achieve this CEMEX are working with Natural Capital Partners, award-winning experts on carbon neutrality and climate finance, who are harnessing the power of business to create a more sustainable world.
Carl Platt, CEMEX’s urbanization solutions director of asphalt, paving, and building products for Europe, commented: ‘We have developed the UK’s first CarbonNeutral concrete block to help housebuilders get ahead of the game when it comes to building low-carbon homes that meet and exceed government guidelines and changes to building regulations.
‘We want to make life easier for housebuilders to make simple, sustainable choices that make large-scale impacts on the often-complex road to Net Zero. Concrete blocks are the most common structural component in the construction of UK homes, so by switching to zero-carbon blocks, ReadyBlock Zero presents a huge opportunity for housebuilders to make significant carbon reductions.’