Organizations collaborate to create ultra-low carbon concrete products
IBSTOCK, one of the UK's leading manufacturers of clay bricks and concrete building products, have announced a new partnership with Earth Friendly Concrete (EFC) to create ultra-low carbon concrete products.
Supporting Ibstock’s ambitious ESG Strategy to 2030 (launched earlier this year), the collaboration will see EFC’s ultra-low carbon, zero cement technology integrated into Ibstock’s diverse portfolio of high-performance building products for the construction industry, including a range of materials supplied to the rail, infrastructure, and UK housing markets.
With the built environment accounting for 25% of the UK’s carbon emissions, Ibstock are proactively seeking to develop new solutions with improved environmental performance.
EFC is said to be more sustainable than traditional concrete, with around 70% less embodied carbon emissions, saving 250kg of CO2 per cubic metre poured. It is made from a binder consisting of industrial waste products, ground granulated blast furnace slag and pulverised fly ash with no Portland Cement.
As a result, EFC technology has performance advantages over ordinary Portland Cement-based products, including improved durability, lower shrinkage, higher flexural tensile strength, and increased fire resistance, and is the only zero-cement concrete technology that has been proven at scale on real life commercial projects across the world.
Darren Waters, chief operating officer at Ibstock, said: ‘As a business at the heart of building, our ambition is to be the most sustainable manufacturer of concrete products in the UK. Collaborating with EFC marks a significant step in achieving this goal as we collaborate and innovate to manufacture materials for life.’
Andy Izod, EFC UK regional manager, added: ‘We are delighted to strengthen our presence in the UK through this partnership with Ibstock. We will not only focus on introducing Earth Friendly Concrete into the wider construction market across a range of projects, regions, applications, and supply chains but will also share our ground-breaking technology with partners like Ibstock, which will help them to achieve ultra-low carbon outcomes for their business.’
Since its launch in 2020, EFC has saved around 2,000 tonnes of CO2 across construction projects. It has been used in several high-profile projects, including High Speed 2 (HS2) and Silvertown Tunnel.