ECOPact green concrete for Boston University
On 5 December 2020, Holcim operated the largest pour of ECOPact - the industry’s broadest range of green concrete, delivering high-performing, sustainable and circular benefits. A total pour of 4200 cubic yards, containing 20% recycled materials and 30% less carbon emissions compared to traditional concrete, equalled a CO2 saving greater than 350,000 kg in one day!
Building for the future
This major 19-story addition for Boston University’s Data Science Center will bring data scientists under one roof for generations to come. For this building we used ConcreteDirect, our mobile application to help customers place, manage and track concrete deliveries. This guaranteed just-in time deliveries for almost 400 truck loads, enhancing product quality and mitigating risk of waste and rejected loads. The app also communicated real-time CO2 savings from the first to the last pour.
“At Holcim, our commitment to building a sustainable future is stronger than ever. With ECOPact, this site has the lowest carbon product available in the market today and with ConcreteDirect, the entire process for the customer has been digitized with no paper exchange,” says Magali Anderson, Holcim.
Innovation to build safely
Another highlight is the Field Level Risk Assessment (FLRA) app, which helps detect any hazards on the ground. This rigorous health and safety coordination kept all parties safe at all times, while preventing construction errors. Moreover, including 3rd party trucks in its touchless ticketing, the app also helped everyone to maintain social distancing.
Congratulations to the teams on the ground who made it possible—Holcim’s US ACM Northeast and our partner S&F Concrete and Suffolk Construction.
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Our ECOPact projects
Real estate developer SEGRO used ECOPact green concrete to revitalize a former coal mining area in Germany by building a new logistics park on the site. The project delivered 825 tons of CO₂ savings, or a reduction of 33% compared to the German industry reference.
Casa Laguna, the largest affordable housing project in Ecuador to date, used ECOPact green concrete for a 3,500 unit housing development. In total, ECOPact enabled 60% less CO2 emissions compared to conventional concrete.
At Holcim our researchers are constantly innovating to make sustainable construction possible at scale. Our ‘Houses of Tomorrow’ project is translating that work into real world solutions, with five housing projects in five different countries.
As a global leader in innovative and sustainable building solutions, our products play an essential role in the development of greener buildings and more liveable cities. For example our green concrete range ECOPact offers 30% to 100% lower carbon compared to standard (CEM I) concrete.
With population growth and urbanization on the rise, we have to rethink the way we build cities to enable greener and smarter living for all. At Holcim, we are at the forefront of innovative and sustainable building solutions to make green construction possible at scale.
We’re helping our customers build greener than ever before and we are accelerating our efforts with innovative green and circular solutions, such as: ECOPact, our green concrete, enabling carbon neutral construction, or Susteno, the world’s first cement with 20% repurposed Construction and demolition waste inside.