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Thanks to a newly formed agreement between Argos of Atlanta, Georgia, and CarbonCure Technologies of Nova Scotia, Canada, Argos was first in the United States to pour concrete manufactured using recycled carbon dioxide.

Argos, a multinational cement and concrete manufacturer headquartered in Colombia, produced the concrete mix with CarbonCure’s carbon dioxide recycling technology at its Cumming, Georgia ready mixed concrete plant in early January. The leading manufacturer has been incorporating the CarbonCure technology into certain concrete mixes for several weeks and continues to undertake extensive industrial scale testing at its technical centre.??

“Argos prides itself on displaying leadership in both sustainability and innovation,” says Godwin Amekuedi, Senior Director of Innovation at Argos USA and recipient of The Concrete Producer’s 2010 Influencers designation. “We are excited about the potential the CarbonCure technology brings to improve the sustainability and strength of our products.”??

Bill Wagner, Vice President of Ready Mix Southeast Zone at Argos USA, concurs. “As the concrete industry continues to shift towards sustainability, we’re excited to lead this initiative and offer products made with CarbonCure’s technology to our customers.”

CarbonCure’s technology uses carbon dioxide gas captured from the smokestacks of industrial emitters to improve the compressive strength of ready mixed concrete. CarbonCure has announced a series of partnerships with ready mixed concrete producers across the United States. Argos is the first producer in the U.S. to deliver ready mixed concrete that incorporates CarbonCure’s technology to a construction site. The CarbonCure technology has been available in the concrete masonry industry since 2012.??

Concrete products made with the CarbonCure technology have been in high demand with architects, building developers and engineers, particularly as LEED, the world’s leading green building rating system, continues to flourish. One such architect who is leading initiatives related to sustainable design is Paula McEvoy, LEED Fellow and Co-Director of Sustainability at the Atlanta office of the international architecture firm Perkins+Will.??

McEvoy explains, “As we continue to evolve our conceptualisation of sustainability in building design, we encourage building material manufacturers to pursue innovations that reduce our environmental footprint. On behalf of Perkins+Will, I’d like to congratulate Argos on exploring the initiative to reduce the carbon footprint of its ready mixed concrete through the addition of the CarbonCure technology.”

Adapted from press release by Joseph Green

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