Ecosmart's concrete designed to lower greenhouse gas emissions

Canadian company aims to be friendly to the environment, help developers reduce costs and last longer than competitors.

Ecosmart was used on Confederation Bridge
Ecosmart was used on Confederation Bridge

Canada's Ecosmart will be holding a seminar at the Big 5 to introduce its concrete product, which has been designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The company will also discuss the future of sustainability in the UAE.

Ecosmart is using the event to encourage more sustainable construction, such as producing concrete buildings with improved cost, performance and environmental impact.

Both the Canadian government, through its Technology Early Action Measures (TEAM) initiative, and the Canadian private sector are contributing to this effort.

Partners in the UAE have also become involved in the project of trialing the product in the Middle East.

EcoSmart Concrete is made from 50% reclaimed, lower cost materials, which are able to replace greenhouse gas causing materials in cement, thus reducing the amount of emissions produced.

The company claims that designers choose the product for its appearance, while contractors and sub-trades choose it for ease in placing and increased workability, and developers, architects and engineers for its improved strength, impermeability and durability.

"I know that EcoSmart Concrete can make a positive contribution to construction in the UAE," said EcoSmart president Michel de Spot.

"Our goal is to bring all our experience and knowledge to the challenges in this very difficult building environment."

EcoSmart has been used already in various projects in Canada, including the Confederation Bridge, the longest bridge in the world to go across ice-covered water which runs between New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

The EcoSmart Concrete seminar will be held at the Big 5 construction conference on Wednesday, 28 November at 3:00pm. The company will form part of the Canadian Pavillion in Hall 3.

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