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The drive for a reduction in our carbon footprint is a laudable one. At Bespoke Concrete we take this responsibility very seriously and we are committed to reducing our footprint. As well as having ISO 14001 accreditation we are in the process of researching new materials that can be acquired by waste processing for use in our castings. Recycled materials also play an important and significant role in our pursuit of our ‘greener’ products.
Precast concrete is widely used in the construction industry and is gaining more popularity and importance due to its ability to cut construction times and health and safety risks on site. Beyond these and the durability and performance aspects, structural precast concrete offers substantial green credentials.
Sustainability is defined as “development that meets the need of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” (Brundtland Report 1987). The different areas covered by sustainability include looking at the environmental, social and economic aspects. The main sustainable features of the structural precast concrete are:
ENERGY – The thermal mass of concrete makes it ideally suited for use in low energy buildings.
DEPLETION OF NATURAL RESOURCES – Nearly half of cementitious materials are by-products from other industries (34% fly ash and 11% ground granulated blast furnace slag). Hollow core panels use fewer materials and can eliminate ductwork.
The use of flexible formwork will also dramatically reduce the need for raw materials, as it will put the strength of the structural precast product where it is required. Due to the durability of precast concrete structures, material impacts on the environment are kept to a minimum.
WASTE – The precast concrete sector uses more waste than it produces. A ton of precast product uses 203kg of secondary materials and by-products and produced only 5kg of waste to landfill. Also, using precast products results in less waste being generated from construction sites.
MAINS WATER - Dependence on mains water supplies is being drastically reduced across the industry as companies adopt recycling systems and alternative water sources such as rainwater harvesting.
CARBON EMMISSIONS – The main generators of CO2 are cement and transport. Whenever performance requirements permit, cement consumption is reduced and alternative cementitious materials are used. Due to the widespread geographical location of a number of manufacturers, transport distances are just over 100 miles for the average delivery of finished precast products.
RECARBONATION – Pre cast concrete absorbs CO2 over its lifetime.
RECYCLING – Recycling systems are used to capture nearly all water, slurry, aggregates or cement and these are reused in the production process. A high proportion of other waste streams are recycled or reused. There is also a large amount of processed waste materials that are used as fuel in the industry. Moreover, precast products can often be reused.
BIODIVERSITY – Companies with factories in more rural areas such as ourselves are committed to protecting and enhancing the natural environment.
POLLUTION - The precast concrete sector is closely regulated by the environment agency. The majority of reported reduction is covered by ISO 14001 or EMAS Certified Environmental Management System.
SOCIAL – Precast products are contributing to a better-built environment. They are widely used in urban regeneration schemes, from paving and landscaping to complete housing projects.
LOCAL WORK FORCE – Most of our Employees live within 5 miles of the production facility and the majority either car share or walk/cycle to work.
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