Shaw Brick has expanded it CarbonCure partnership by applying technology across entire product line.
Shaw Brick in Lantz, Nova Scotia, Atlantic Canada’s oldest concrete masonry producer, first conducted testing on an early prototype of the CarbonCure technology in 2007. Nine years later, Shaw is to integrate the Halifax-based sustainable innovation across its entire production line in Lantz, Nova Scotia, effectively reducing the carbon footprint of all its concrete products.
“Shaw Brick understands that its customers are demanding more sustainable products, and we are pleased to announce that as of July 15, 2016, all of our standard concrete masonry units and architectural blocks produced in Lantz will automatically capture recycled CO2,” said James Bond, general manager, Shaw Brick.
Shaw Brick is a division of the Shaw Group, which has been in business since 1861. Over the past 150 years, Shaw’s brick and concrete materials production has been augmented by the introduction of many new divisions such as resource materials, real estate development, and transportation.
Shaw Brick continues to find ways to increase the efficiency of its operations and reduce the footprint of its products. Introducing CarbonCure’s technology was a natural fit with the company’s philosophy of continued innovation.The CarbonCure technology injects carbon dioxide (CO2) gas captured from nearby smokestacks into concrete products during manufacturing.
Once introduced into the concrete mix, the carbon dioxide chemically converts into a solid mineral. Since the gas has been converted into a mineral, it will never escape into the atmosphere. Shaw Brick has been a partner of CarbonCure since the Halifax-based company’s inception. Some of the original early prototype testing of the technology occurred in 2007 at Shaw’s site in Lantz.
“Shaw has been a supporter of CarbonCure’s technology since the early days when the technology was simply an idea. It’s now evident that the technology is the future of the concrete industry, and we are proud to play an integral role in the growth of this local success story, ” Bond, said.
“Since 2007, Shaw has been manufacturing products with CarbonCure’s technology when specified by architects, engineers or builders. The products have been featured in several high-profile projects around Atlantic Canada, including Bedford High School, Dalhousie University’s Collaborative Health Education Building, and UPEI’s School of Sustainable Design Engineering.
Local architects and engineers support Shaw’s move to produce all of its products with CarbonCure’s technology. “The decision to use CarbonCure is easy – it provides an environmental advantage without negatively impacting the material properties. I’m pleased to support the use of CarbonCure’s technology in both masonry and ready mixed concrete, and will be encouraging the use of this material on future construction projects,” said Malcolm Pinto, chief executive of Halifax-based Pinto Engineering, and a seasoned structural engineer with more than 20 years of experience.
The Shaw announcement comes after CarbonCure recently announced the expansion of its ready mixed technology across multiple concrete plants in Atlanta through its partner Thomas Concrete. This demonstrates the rapid growth CarbonCure is continuing to experience in key metropolitan markets around Canada and the US. In addition to masonry available through Shaw, CarbonCure ready mixed concrete is available locally in Nova Scotia through Quality Concrete.