Atlas Block, a manufacturer of concrete products based in Ontario, has signed a licensing agreement with CarbonCure, an emerging leader in science-based concrete technology for green building, to manufacture low-carbon concrete that will significantly reduce the carbon footprint of the concrete industry.
Several months have been spent testing the bolt-on technology from CarbonCure at the Atlas Block Hillsdale plant. The method sequesters carbon dioxide into the concrete during the manufacturing process. CO2 waste is consumed during concrete production to transform it into solid limestone, thus creating a better concrete product.
â€œThis could transform the entire concrete industry,â€ said Don Gordon, CEO of Atlas Block. â€œIâ€™ve been in this industry many years. This is easily the most exciting technological improvement Iâ€™ve seen.â€ Concrete is responsible for approximately 5 percent of the worldâ€™s greenhouse gas emissions as the most widely used construction material.
Several major firms are beginning to spec the Atlas Block products, including B+H Architects. â€œB+H Architects is so impressed with theÂ environmentalÂ sustainability of this technology that Atlas Block with CarbonCure products will be exclusively specified on all new products,â€ said Matthew Roberts of B+H Architects.