New partnership committed to creating low-carbon building products

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IBSTOCK, a manufacturer of clay and concrete building products, and Earth Friendly Concrete (EFC) have partnered to create “ultra-low” carbon concrete products.

Having recently launched its ESG strategy for 2030, Ibstock is committed to improving the environmental performance of its products. Its 2030 stage objective is to achieve 20% of its turnover with new and sustainable products.

Ibstock seeks to develop new solutions with improved environmental performance. EFC is said to be more durable than traditional concrete, with around 70% less CO₂ incorporated. It is made from a binder composed of industrial waste, crushed granulated blast furnace slag and pulverized fly ash without Portland cement.

The partnership will see EFC’s cementless concrete technology integrated into Ibstock’s building product portfolio for the construction industry, including its product range for the rail, infrastructure and housing markets.

Darren Waters, COO at Ibstock, said: “As a company at the heart of building, our ambition is to be the UK’s most sustainable manufacturer of concrete products. The collaboration with EFC marks an important step in achieving this goal, as we collaborate and innovate to make materials for life.

“More than ever, customers are looking for products that offer great functionality but also have strong sustainability credentials. In 2020, the concrete division of Ibstock invested in a new concrete laboratory at its site in Anstone, Sheffield, to facilitate the development of sustainable concrete which has reduced embodied carbon and therefore has a lower environmental impact. At this state-of-the-art facility, we are already developing and testing innovative new concrete mixes that incorporate EFC to ensure we meet our own sustainability goals, as well as contribute to those of the wider industry, without compromising quality or durability. performance.

Andy Izod, Regional Director of EFC UK, added: “We are delighted to strengthen our presence in the UK through this partnership with Ibstock. We will not only focus on bringing Earth Friendly Concrete to the wider construction market across a range of projects, regions, applications and supply chains, but we will also share our breakthrough technology with partners like Ibstock, which will help them reach ultra-low levels. carbon results for their business.

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