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Commercial benefits from environmental concerns

January 17, 2015 8:57 PM

Let's have a break from politics for a day. There is a lot of activity in the UK making use of waste materials or otherwise getting commercial results from being concerned about the environment. Just three examples from the construction sector:

A British company Co-Tropic Ltd has developed a fibre re-inforcemment system for concrete that increases its load bearing capacity by 76% and its ability to withstand deflection by 900%. enquiries@co-tropic.co.uk

A new concrete developed by David Ball Group - Cemfree activates 100% ground blast furnace slag (GGBS) producing an ultra-low carbon alternative to concrete mix designs that traditionally use Portland cement.. It hugely reduces the amount of CO2 that is created in the production of conventional cement www.davidballgroup.co.uk

The UK Quality Ash Association (UKQAA) is launching a research programme with the Concrete Technology Unit at the University of Dundee to explore the use of stockpiled fly ash as a part replacement for cement. It is estimated there may be 50million tonnes in stockpiles in the UK. www.dundee.ac.uk/news/2014/university-to-lead-ash-research-project.php