Concretes designed for green building

by Ofentse Sefolo
Concretes designed for green building

Lafarge’s global brand readymix products are still the only concretes offered with the Level C GreenTag* South Africa certification.

What is GreenTag certification?
Global GreenTag is one of the world’s most widely respected and recognised ecolabels and is awarded after passing a stringent approval process to verify that products are genuinely “green”. The global brands are scored against six main sustainability assessment criteria (and another twenty plus life cycle and social criteria), namely, greenhouse gas emissions, biodiversity, health and ecotoxicity, life cycle analysis, synergy (product efficiency) and social responsibility and labour conditions.

Lafarge’s GreenTag South Africa certified products include Artevia, a range of decorative concretes for internal flooring and external paving applications; Agilia self-consolidating concrete and screeds that, due to their high fluidity, eliminate the need for vibration and offer building solutions unattainable with standard concrete mixes; and Hydromedia*, the technical breakthrough in permeable concrete providing solutions for stormwater management in playgrounds, driveways and parking areas, as well as green-roof rainwater harvesting.

Instant product information during your specification
The company has incorporated QR coding, which gives peace of mind from instant product information and quality assurance. Herbert Groenewald, Head of Building Marketing at Lafarge, says industry professionals who want to achieve a high Green Star rating can benefit by incorporating Lafarge products.

“As a customer value-added service, we provide GreenStar Office MAT­5 calculations and documentation for concrete credits. For example, our concrete is able to qualify for 75% of floor and wall credits under the materials category in the Interior Fitout tool. The development of these unique products, combined with our holistic backup service, differentiates Lafarge in the marketplace by enabling us to work closely with our customers and offer them better value solutions for their building needs,” says Groenewald.

With the emergence of tenants increasingly demanding healthier, more energy-efficient environments, the benefits of green building can in fact be realised far sooner in terms of higher-value leases for the property owners. It is for this reason that GreenStar rated buildings are increasingly becoming the norm in commercial building projects.

Sustainable concrete in practice
One of the projects where Lafarge’s ready-mixed concretes have been used is the University of Cape Town’s New Engineering Building (which presented some construction challenges that couldn’t be met with conventional concrete) where Agilia Vertical self-compacting concrete provided the innovative solution for the architectural concept of concrete balustrades with a wood-grained off-shutter finish. Other outstanding projects include the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban where Lafarge Artevia Polish ready-mixed concrete was used, and the impressive Group Five headquarters in Waterfall Business Estate in Midrand where Lafarge’s Global GreenTag Hydromedia was used.

For more information, contact Lafarge on +27 (11) 657 0000, natalie.johnson@lafargeholcim.com or via www.lafarge.co.za.

*GreenTag, Artevia, Agilia and Hydromedia are registered trademarks

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