Argos has produced America’s first ready mixed concrete made with recycled carbon dioxide thanks to a newly formed agreement between Argos of Atlanta, Georgia, and CarbonCure Technologies of Nova Scotia, Canada.
Argos was first in the United States to pour concrete manufactured using recycled carbon dioxide.
Argos, headquartered in Colombia, produced the concrete mix with CarbonCure’s carbon dioxide recycling technology at its Cumming, Georgia ready mixed concrete plant in early January. The manufacturer has been incorporating the CarbonCure technology into certain concrete mixes for several weeks and continues to undertake extensive industrial scale testing at its technical center.”
Argos prides itself on displaying leadership in both sustainability and innovation,” says Godwin Amekuedi, senior director of innovation, Argos USA and recipient of the Concrete Producer’s 2010 Influencers designation.
“We are excited about the potential the CarbonCure technology brings to improve the sustainability and strength of our products.”Bill Wagner, vice president, ready mix southeast zone, Argos USA, says. “As the concrete industry continues to shift towards sustainability, we’re excited to lead this initiative and offer products made with CarbonCure’s technology to our customers.”
Argos delivers ready mixed concrete to Atlanta, Georgia.
CarbonCure’s technology uses carbon dioxide gas captured from the smokestacks of industrial emitters to improve the compressive strength of ready mixed concrete. CarbonCure has announced a series of partnerships with ready mixed concrete producers across the United States.
Argos is the first producer in the US to deliver ready mixed concrete that incorporates CarbonCure’s technology to a construction site. The CarbonCure technology has been available in the concrete masonry industry since 2012.Concrete products made with the CarbonCure technology have been in high demand with architects, building developers and engineers, particularly as LEED, the green building rating system, continues to flourish.
One such architect who is leading initiatives related to sustainable design is Paula McEvoy, LEED fellow and co-director of sustainability at the Atlanta office of Perkins+Will.
McEvoy says, “As we continue to evolve our conceptualization of sustainability in building design, we encourage building material manufacturers to pursue innovations that reduce our environmental footprint.
“On behalf of Perkins+Will, I’d like to congratulate Argos on exploring the initiative to reduce the carbon footprint of its ready mixed concrete through the addition of the CarbonCure technology.”
CarbonCure is concrete’s gateway to the green building community. Its technology chemically repurposes waste carbon dioxide during the concrete manufacturing process. The company also provides reporting tools such as Environmental and Health Product Declarations for products made with CarbonCure.