US-based Clark Pacific launches proprietary concrete mix as adjunct to prefabricated building systems to reduce carbon footprint.
A manufacturer that can reduce the embodied carbon debt of concrete as we transition to a net-zero future and align it with modern methods of construction (MMC), will enjoy significant market interest.
While many sustainability efforts to date have focused on lowering operational carbon (carbon produced from all energy sources used to keep buildings warm, cool, ventilated, lighted and powered), the building industry is expected to add 230 billion square meters of new construction globally between now and 2060. In doing so, embodied carbon will account for half of the overall carbon footprint of new construction, equal to that of operational carbon.
They’ve called it CARBONSHIELD, and claim it offers the same performance as traditional mixes but with 50 percent less embodied carbon. And, when combined with the benefits of MMC, offsite construction and efficient design, Clark Pacific claim their concrete mix will significantly reduce construction’s carbon footprint.
According to company sources, “By leveraging factory-controlled accelerated curing techniques, CARBONSHIELD offers the same performance as traditional mixes, with significantly less carbon-laden cement. While “green concrete” options are often limited to elements that can tolerate slow strength gain, such as foundation or shear walls, CARBONSHIELD reduces carbon from all of a building’s structural elements.”
“As a leader in sustainable building systems, we never stop exploring new ways to reduce the carbon footprint of both our business and the structures we manufacture,” said Geene Alhady, president of Clark Pacific. “CARBONSHIELD represents the next generation in concrete and prefabrication that is smarter, more efficient and sustainable, and is a key aspect of our company’s strategy to reach zero embodied carbon. We’re excited to bring our customers a way to take advantage of prefabrication and meet sustainability goals without sacrificing strength and quality.”