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Cement Association of Canada to hold educational seminars across Canada


September 27, 2012
By Andrew

September 27, 2012,
Ottawa, ON –
The Cement Association of Canada (CAC) is
hosting REDISCOVER CONCRETE seminars and meetings in every province to promote
the benefits of using concrete for building and infrastructure projects.

September 27, 2012,
Ottawa, ON –
The Cement Association of Canada (CAC) is
hosting REDISCOVER CONCRETE seminars and meetings in every province to promote
the benefits of using concrete for building and infrastructure projects.

 

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"Our seminars will engage decision makers
across the country and encourage discussions surrounding the sustainability of
cement and concrete for building and infrastructure projects," stated
Michael McSweeney, President and CEO of the Cement Association of Canada.

 

The CAC is promoting that concrete, when
compared with other building and paving materials, provides greater energy and
fuel savings, lasts decades longer, and requires less frequent maintenance and
rehabilitation. Lifecycle assessment studies have shown that concrete
structures and roadways are cost effective and have a lower environmental
impact when compared to other building materials. According to the CAC, it is
estimated that the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario has saved as much as
$45 million by awarding its ten most recent alternative bid tenders to concrete
when compared to the lowest asphalt bids. Innovative building projects like
Manitoba Hydro Place have achieved energy savings of up to 70% when compared to
conventional buildings of a similar size.

 

Committed to sustainable development and to
minimizing its footprint, the cement and concrete industry has placed a focus
on reducing CO2 emissions both from the manufacture of cement as well as from
strategic use of concrete in sustainable design. A recent major initiative of
the industry was the introduction last year of a new cement, Contempra, that
reduces CO2 emissions by 10% while producing concrete as strong and durable as
the concrete produced with regular cement. When Contempra is fully adopted for
all suitable applications, the CAC estimates that it will reduce CO2 emissions
as much as taking 172,000 cars off the road or planting 23 million trees.

 

"Concrete is the future of building smart,
sustainable communities," concluded Mr. McSweeney. "Using concrete
for building and infrastructure projects is ideal because of its
cost-effectiveness, durability, energy-efficiency and reduction of CO2
emissions."


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