Concrete proof that building designers can have it all!

3 Aug, 2021, 4:17 AM |  News

Reducing the Embodied Carbon of new buildings is a mission for many developers along with their architects and design teams.  It’s a mission that needs to sit within other imperatives, including a “no compromise” approach to selecting building materials that are fit for purpose.  Thankfully, with access to comprehensive data one discovers that there are many materials choices that tick both boxes.

Brisbane based manufacturer Wagners for instance, is leading the way in developing building products that tackle Net Zero Mitigation whilst not compromising engineering and construction properties.

Their Earth Friendly Concrete is traditional concrete, however not as we may think of it.  It features zero-cement concrete technology that materially reduces the embodied carbon associated with ordinary cement-based concretes.

Developers who choose Earth Friendly Concrete over ordinary concrete stand to save 250kg of C02 per cubic metre!   And, in addition to the environmental benefits, it promises great performance with improved durability, lower shrinkage, and higher flexural tensile strength.

Currently their product is featured on display at the Spark exhibition at the Australian Museum.  This is a fantastic installation paying tribute to Australian innovations tackling climate change.

Currently due to limitations in NSW, the exhibit is closed to the public however you can check it out virtually here.

It’s so exciting to see Australian manufacturers leading the way with their innovative products that do good and are good.   Wagners Earth Friendly Concrete extends on recent advancements in the use of geopolymer by Ritek in their single skin wall product.  This allows it to deliver 60% embodied carbon reduction over typical blockwork alternatives.

They’ve certainly thrown down the gauntlet to materials manufacturers worldwide.