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Lafarge’s sustainable support at World Expo 2010

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An estimated 100 million visitors are expected to visit the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, China, over the next six months. These will include 100 heads of state. The theme of the Expo is ‘Better City, Better Life’, and there will be discussions on urban planning and sustainable construction.

Lafarge is the large supplier to the Expo and a partner of the French Pavillion, which has been designed and constructed by the architect Jacques Ferrier using Lafarge’s ultra-high-performance fibre-reinforced concrete, Ductal, and PLAtec plasterboard. The company has also supplied materials to other buildings in the World Expo complex including 510 000 m2 of plasterboard in 17 other corporate and national pavilions.

The company’s involvement in the Expo reinforces its aim to be a key player in sustainable construction, offering construction methods with a reduced environmental footprint. In a dedicated area inside the French Pavilion, Lafarge will present innovative, environmentally friendly solutions, adapted to problems faced by cities around the world.

Jeremy Greenwood, Managing Director, Lafarge Readymix Concrete said: ‘While the Expo takes place in China, the issues being discussed resonate around the world, including in the UK. Sustainable construction – how we build and live in the future – continues to be a live and important debate in the UK. There’s no doubt that innovations such as Ductal concrete have a hugely important part to play in delivering practical and affordable solutions to the challenges these issues raise. It is vital when discussing the sustainability of construction methods, materials and technologies, we consider the whole life cycle of a building. This includes the materials made to use it, the methods employed to build it and importantly, the efficiency of the building during its use, as this accounts for 80% of the building’s environmental footprint.’

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