Leading building materials supplier, Holcim, has launched ECOPact, a low carbon concrete product range which can reduce the embodied carbon of buildings, infrastructure and homes.
Currently, 20 per cent of Australia’s annual greenhouse gas emissions derive from construction, with building materials a key contributor.
ECOPact can reduce embodied carbon by 30 to 60 per cent compared to the Australian National Life Cycle Inventory Database basecase.
For a structure like the Sydney Harbour Bridge, using ECOPact to achieve a 60 per cent embodied carbon reduction is the equivalent of removing 14,700 cars off the road for one year.
The ECOPact range includes the option to achieve carbon neutrality. ECOPactZERO uses accredited carbon offsets through Climate Active to reduce embodied carbon by 100 per cent, according to company CEO, George Agriogiannis.
He said ECOPact and ECOPactZERO make it easy for customers to meet evolving tender requirements that stipulate embodied carbon reductions.
Holcim’s ViroDecs Environmental Product Declaration (EPD), an Australian first, provides customers with the ability to understand the impact of the materials supplied into their projects.
EPDs are independently verified and registered documents that communicate transparent and comparable data about the life-cycle environmental impact of products.
Green Building Council of Australia CEO, Davina Rooney, supports the development of EPDs in the market.
“They represent verified, transparent environmental impact data, and have a transformational impact by enabling the built environment to understand its impact on a deeper level,” she said.
Every ECOPact product is supported by an EPD.