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Lafarge Canada is proud to co-fund a low-carbon concrete design research project at Queen’s University (Kingston, ON) and supply the company’s specially designed concrete to the initiative. The project, which aligns with the company’s decarbonization strategy and brings together a number of industry partners, is led by Dr. Neil Hoult, Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science , Queen’s University, with Josh Woods, Assistant Professor, Queen’s University, Evan Bentz, Professor, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Toronto, and Dr. John Orr, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Cambridge.

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“At Lafarge, we value partnerships that connect all NetZero construction contributors, in this case we are collaborating with the owner, architect and construction manager in a new way to achieve our shared sustainability goals. “, commented Rob Cumming, Head of Sustainable Development, Lafarge Canada (East).

“Lafarge is delighted to be part of a project like this – it fits perfectly into our roadmap for green growth. Integrating our mix design expertise across our ECOPact concrete product line coupled with smart structural engineering design will allow for far less embodied carbon than would otherwise be possible. This models the kind of partnerships we need to drive innovation in building design and advance our sustainability goals,” commented Abdurahman Lotfy, Director of Innovation and Development, Aggregates and Building Materials, Lafarge Canada.

“We will be working on several different approaches to making concrete low carbon,” Dr Hoult said. “The first is optimizing the shape, that is, putting material only where we need it, which saves not only on the use of the material, but also on the weight. of structure. If the structure is lighter, you need even less material. The second is what is called functional gradient concrete. We put higher strength concrete where we need it, then use lower strength concrete (which also means low cement concrete) everywhere else. We will work on software packages that allow these new techniques to be used in design, optimizing structures for performance and low environmental impact.

Most of the research will be done in Queen’s Civil Engineering Laboratories. Moving from the laboratory to practical applications, the project will be transposed into the real world in Kingston. “Aecon and Lafarge will help us build it, and it will all take place at the Kingston Fire and Rescue Training Center,” Hoult said. “It will be both actively used by Kingston Fire Services as a classroom and as a living lab for students from Queen’s and St. Lawrence Colleges to come and learn about low carbon buildings. We aim for a net zero building philosophy.

About Lafarge Canada Inc.

Lafarge is Canada’s largest supplier of sustainable building materials and a member of the global Holcim group. With 6,000 employees and 350 locations across Canada, our mission is to provide building solutions and products that drive progress for people and the planet. The cities where Canadians live, work and raise their families and the infrastructure of communities benefit from the sustainable portfolio provided by Lafarge, consisting of aggregates, asphalt and paving, cement, precast concrete, ready-mixed concrete employment and road construction.

About Queen’s University

Queen’s University has a long history of scholarship, discovery and innovation that has shaped our collective knowledge and helped address some of the world’s most pressing concerns. Home to more than 25,000 students, the university offers a comprehensive research-intensive environment with major strengths in engineering, physics, cancer research, data analysis, surveillance studies, art conservation and health research. Mental Health. Welcoming and supporting students from all countries and backgrounds in a vibrant, safe and supportive community is an important part of the Queen experience. Diverse perspectives and a wealth of experience enrich our campus and our community. A core part of our mission is to engage our students, staff, and faculty in international learning and research, both at home and abroad.

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PUBLISHED: 07/26/2022 11:03 AM/DISC: 07/26/2022 11:03 AM

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