Roller-compacted concrete (RCC) got its start in the 1970s, when the Canadian logging industry switched to environmentally cleaner, land-based log-sorting methods. The industry needed a strong pavement to stand up to massive loads and specialized equipment, according to the Cement Association of Canada (CAC). Yet economy was equally important: log-sorting yards can span 40 acres (16 hectares) or more. RCC met this challenge and has since expanded to other heavy-duty applications.
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Lafarge has reached a new milestone in its partnership with US start-up Solidia Technologies with the signing of an agreement to commercialize an innovative technology allowing a significant reduction in the environmental footprint of pre-cast concrete.
Lafarge Canada Inc., Canada's largest provider of solutions to the construction and development industry, announced today the launch of its latest product available to landscaping trades in the Eastern Canada marketplace, STABILIA, a cement-treated aggregate. The Eastern Canada marketplace consists of Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia.
Developed and engineered by Lafarge, STABILIA is a sustainable alternative to traditional base methods used for interlock paving installation and temporary road construction. STABILIA provides the high-strength characteristics of a concrete base while maintaining the permeability rates of a granular base that can be used in a wide range of application types - from remote projects such as wind farm turbine to construction sites requiring temporary roads to interlock paving installers.
"Being the leading provider of solutions to the construction industry means offering our customers the latest sustainable innovations such as STABILIA," said Dale Holingsworth, Vice-President: Central (GTA) Aggregates, Lafarge Canada Inc (Eastern Canada). "With STABILIA, Lafarge is truly delivering on our mission of helping build better cities and communities, where we live, work and raise our families, with solutions and systems that contribute to stronger, long-lasting buildings and infrastructure, while addressing environmental concerns."
HGTV superstar Bryan Baeumler also joined Lafarge Canada for the product launch. "STABILIA is the perfect product to help professionals looking for a sustainable solution for their installation projects," said Baeumler, host of HGTV'S House of Bryan, Disaster DIY and Leave it to Bryan. "Lafarge offers a wonderful line of sustainable construction solutions that are worthy of any any project. Stabilia and the Lafarge suite of products are definitely Baeumler Approved."
STABILIA is available today in the Greater Toronto Area and soon in Eastern Canada through the Lafarge network. For more information about the product and how to order, please call 905-277-1471.
The first Ductal/UHPFRC (Ultra-High Performance, Fiber-Reinforced Concrete) highway bridge in North America, the Wapello County Mars Hill Bridge in Iowa, won the 2006 Portland Cement Association Bridge Award from among 78 entries from Canada and the United States, covering a variety of structure types and construction methods.