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Megatrends: Construction Materials to Meet the Challenge

14 Mar 2019
  • Holcim Australia is a leading supplier of construction materials in Australia, originally serving the industry under the well-known Readymix and Humes brands dating back to 1901. Today Holcim continues to supply essential construction materials including aggregates, sand, readymix concrete, engineered precast concrete and prestressed concrete solutions to a range of customers and projects throughout Australia.
  • Holcim believes there are five mega trends that will impact the building & construction industry in the coming years. These trends are:
    • Global population growth
    • Urbanisation & megacities
    • Increased demand for better living standards
    • Digitization
    • Increased demand for sustainable construction solutions
  • Each of these trends will require a different solution from the construction industry. Holcim as part of the LafargeHolcim group has been developing a range of products in their Research & Development facility in Lyon, France. Some of these products are available today and others are in development. This presentation will focus on a few of the products and provide an insight into how they can be used to help address these megatrends
  • The sustainable construction solutions megatrend driven by the Paris Agreement’s call to minimise the impact of climate change and the European Union’s transition to a circular economy has increased the demand for improved environmental performance in construction materials.
  • Holcim is looking to provide low carbon concrete, an essential component of low-embodied impact structures and a major variable in the decarbonisation of the building and infrastructure sectors. Globally, Holcim is responding to these challenges through their ‘2030 Sustainability Plan’ and this paper will present some of our initiatives from around the world and in Australia, including ViroDecs, the Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for Holcim ready-mixed concrete sold into the Australian market. When published in early 2019, ViroDecs will be the first EPD for ready-mix concrete in Australia.
  • As part of this presentation we will share insights from our decision to pursue an EPD, based on our understanding of key market drivers for greater transparency of environmental performance in the property and infrastructure sector.


Glenn Simpkin, National Sales & Marketing Manager - Holcim Concrete Australia

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