Re-thinking carbon dioxide

CarbonCure retrofits concrete plants with a technology that recycles waste carbon dioxide to make affordable, greener concrete products. By adding carbon dioxide to the mixture of concrete a chemical reaction starts absorbing the carbon dioxide that also strengthens the concrete. Carbon dioxide is now more than just a greenhouse gas; it is a valuable material to help make better concrete. In this fashion, less concrete is needed making this also good business. Today I had the chance to get a better look at this process and visited the plant, Basalite Concrete Products. Basalite now uses this technique stimulating green building. To encourage this more Canada has introduced the LEED certification program. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a rating system that is recognized as the international mark of excellence for green building in 150 countries. Since 2002, the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and LEED Canada have been redefining the buildings and communities where Canadians live, work and learn.

Pien Versteegh, directeur Avans School of International Studies


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