Invented and developed by David Ball Group PLC, a Cambridge-based research-led company, Cemfree is a zero-cement structural concrete that uses a by-product of other industries to provide up to a 95% reduction in CO2, compared with Ordinary Portland Cement (OPC). If Cemfree was used at capacity in the UK alone it would account for a saving of 2,100,000 tonnes of CO2 a year, which is equivalent to taking 750,000 cars off the road.
The award was open to all current and prospective members of Skanska’s supply chain, including suppliers, subcontractors and designers. It seeks to identify the UK’s most innovative, inspirational product and identifies alternative ways of working to support its position as the leading green project developer and contractor in the UK.
Presented at Skanska’s annual management conference, Chris Howard, CEO at David Ball Group collected the award.
Chris said: “We’re delighted that Cemfree has been recognised by Skanska and are honoured to receive this prestigious award.
“Cemfree is a game changer for the construction industry by providing an innovative and viable solution to reducing the carbon legacy of concrete. The product offers construction companies, developers and contractors the scope to reduce the carbon footprint of their developments, meeting industry sustainability and energy efficiency targets.
“In bringing the most innovative and sustainable concrete in the world to market, we look forward to working with the world’s most environmentally conscious construction company.”
Cemfree has also been awarded several awards since its recent launch including the CONSTRUCT award for materials and product innovation, as well as the winner of the Shell Springboard Awards.
This article appeared in the following publications both online and print: Cambridge News, Premier Construction, Business Weekly, Ethical Performance, World Cement, Architects Datafile, Building Construction Design, Construction National, The Environmentalist, Construction National, Ecobuild, Concrete Magazine and Products & Services.
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