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LafargeHolcim recognised by Solar Impulse Foundation’s efficient solution label

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Ten LafargeHolcim green building solutions are endorsed today by the ‘Solar Impulse Efficient Solution’ label, recognising world-leading technologies that protect the environment in a profitable way. The labelled LafargeHolcim solutions include ECOPact green concrete, which enables carbon-neutral building; bio-active reef concrete that restores marine ecosystems and 3D printing technologies to accelerate affordable housing and infrastructure.

Bertrand Piccard, Initiator and Chairman of the Solar Impulse Foundation: “I am excited about achieving our 1000 clean solutions challenge, championing the most innovative technologies around the world that protect the environment in a profitable way. It’s great to see companies like LafargeHolcim committed to implement several of them that are positive for the planet. Given the company’s global reach and scale, it can make a real difference in tackling today’s climate crisis.”

Jan Jenisch, CEO: “I’m very proud of our strong contribution to the Solar Impulse Foundation’s goal of finding 1000 environmentally positive solutions. With more than half our R&D efforts focused on sustainable building solutions, we are committed to enabling a net zero future that works for people and the planet. Today’s endorsement of our clean technologies is a great encouragement for our teams to keep on pushing the boundaries of innovation for sustainable building.”

In 2018 the Solar Impulse Foundation began its challenge to select 1000 solutions that can protect the environment in a profitable way, with the aim to present them to decision-makers to fast-track their implementation. Selected solutions receive a label from the Solar Impulse Foundation as proof of their positive environmental and economic impact. Each awarded solution was strictly assessed by a pool of independent experts.

The following ten LafargeHolcim building solutions are recognised as clean technologies by the ‘Solar Impulse Efficient Solution’ label:

3D Concrete Printing - building more with less for affordable housing and infrastructure: 14Trees, a LafargeHolcim joint venture, is deploying 3D printing technology at scale to reduce the carbon footprint for building affordable new homes by up to 70%.

Aggneo - recycled aggregates for circular construction: Aggneo is a 100% recycled aggregate that effectively recycles construction and demolition waste without any compromise on performance. This circular solution lowers the carbon footprint of building projects while preserving nature’s resources.

Airium - insulating foam for buildings' energy efficiency: Airium is a fully recyclable high-performance mineral foam technology that enhances energy efficiency of buildings.

Bio-Active Concrete restores marine ecosystems: these innovative concrete solutions have been developed for the rehabilitation of damaged coastal ecosystems, in partnership with Seaboost/EGIS.

Ductal® - ultra light weight & high-performance concrete building more with less: this high-tech building material offers a unique structure that improves environmental performance and overall resistance compared to more conventional materials.

Durabric - earth-based low carbon solution for affordable housing: Durabric is a compressed earth stabilised block that does not need firing and thus addresses a major cause of deforestation in Sub-Saharan Africa. Durabric reduces CO2 emissions tenfold compared to traditional bricks.

ECOPact - green concrete for sustainable building: ECOPact is a broad range of green concrete for low carbon and circular construction. ECOPact enables a range of lower environmental performance, from 30% to 100% less carbon emissions compared to standard (CEM I) concrete.

TerraFlow - green cement for efficiently backfilling underground mines and tunnels: TerraFlow is a specialised engineered blend of cementitious materials with a strongly reduced carbon footprint and a high recycled content that allows for more efficient and cost effective solutions for backfilling in underground mines.

Kawach - high quality water-repellent cement for water resilience: Ambuja Kawach is a cement that shields against water seepage and chemicals, making structures more durable and sustainable.

ORIS - first digital platform for sustainable road design: ORIS is a material intelligence platform for sustainable road construction. Using ORIS reduces the carbon footprint of road projects by up to 50%.

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