SDTC recognizes EcoSmart’s strong performance in bringing the SOS project to a successful culmination.

Sailesh Thaker, SDTC’s VP of Industry and Stakeholder Relations, recently wrote to EcoSmart to thank us for our efforts and success in the SOS project. As well as moving Canada forward in its efforts to develop cleaner technologies, Sailesh noted that we have helped SDTC win additional funds for its mandate: “The success of your company and its path to commercialization has been integral in gaining the recapitalization. Companies such as yours are true success stories that have helped us show great results to the government.”

EcoSmart is very appreciative of the support SDTC has given us in recent years, and commends the government on its vision in providing substantial additional support to SDTC, as was announced in the 2013 budget. SDTC’s support was instrumental in helping EcoSmart and its many partners promote the use of supplementary cementing materials in Canada and throughout the world, with excellent success.

We look forward to working further with SDTC on the many clean technology opportunities EcoSmart is developing.

Transfer High Volume Supplementary Cementing Material (HVSCM) Technology to China.

Green Concrete Conference in Chengdu
The objective is to provide an enabling environment for the development, diffusion, deployment, and transfer of a cost-effective, cleaner, and more efficient alternative to cement. It is based on an existing technology, complements current efforts of the China cement industry, and engages construction industry main stakeholders, research institutions, governmental, and non-governmental organizations.Canada, which has emerged as a world-leader in the use of High Volume SCM concrete, is prepared to share its experience and knowledge and exchange information with other Asia Pacific Partnership (APP) countries in an effort to support the common goal of developing and implementing clean development strategies and efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This initiative, in helping to reduce the overall GHG intensity of cementing material by addressing practical barriers, contributes to the APP mission and objectives. It is proposed to share Canadian SCM expertise with Chinese partners and lay the groundwork for extension and transfer of related Canadian technologies and knowledge such as the SOS program.

See also: EcoSmart Concrete

About us

EcoSmart Office
The EcoSmart Foundation is a non-profit Canadian corporation based in Vancouver, BC. We develop activities and projects fostering technical solutions and innovations towards a sustainable economy. The purpose of the Corporation is to develop, fund, foster and promote activities that follow the EcoSmart principle defined in our charter as: “EcoSmart Principle” means the objective of reducing the environmental impact of a product, service, technology or project in such a way that performance and profitability are maintained or enhanced.”

Background & History of EcoSmart EcoSmart began in 1999 as the EcoSmart Concrete Project, a collaborative partnership of several government departments and industry groups. The EcoSmart Concrete Project sought to reduce the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of the concrete and cement industry by: • Replacing Portland cement in the concrete mix with Supplementary Cementing Materials (SCMs) to the greatest extent possible while maintaining or improving the cost, physical performance and constructability • Promoting greater use of EcoSmart Concrete in the building industry. Primary activities included the development of real construction project case studies and industry education Eventually the success of the EcoSmart Concrete case studies extended the scope of the organization and it was deemed necessary to expand EcoSmart’s capabilities to include other issues related to sustainable building, energy and climate change. EcoSmart operates out of Vancouver, BC, Canada and is a governed by a board of directors, made up of volunteer members from across the country, who represent research, government, and the private sector.

See also: Michel de Spot, P.Eng.Roy SageAndrew BowerbankMark SalernoLegal and CopyrightsTony Kosteltz

EcoSmart Concrete

Cement Plant
The EcoSmart Concrete project aims to reduce the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with the production of Portland cement for use in concrete construction. The core technology consists of replacing the Portland cement in a concrete mixture with an optimum amount of supplementary cementing materials (SCM).
SCMs are industrial by-products or recycled materials with significant cost and environmental benefits. Tests and field applications have shown that EcoSmart concrete often outperforms conventional concrete in strength development and durability. It also offers significant environmental benefits, since each tonne of cement replaced by a supplementary cementing material reduces CO2 emissions by approximately one tonne. EcoSmart has facilitated a number of case studies demonstrating that a significant percentage of Portland cement can be replaced by SCMs without affecting cost, performance or constructability. The results and reports on these case studies can be obtained from the EcoSmart Concrete knowledgebase.
See also: Transfer High Volume Supplementary Cementing Material (HVSCM) Technology to China.Toward Better and Greener Concrete. Interactive Workshop & Consultation. Dubai and Abu DhabiEcoSmart Concrete in the EmiratesEcoSmart Concrete Seminar in the UAEAP2K 2007 Follow Up Project

The Sustainable Condo Project

Sustainable Condo
The Sustainable Condo is an EcoSmart(tm) project designed to address the challenges of urban sustainability.
The many features of the Condo include energy and water-saving appliances, renewable, recyclable, durable, and non-toxic products and building materials. Since its creation in 2004, the Sustainable Condo has received more than 150,000 vistors and has been exhibited at many events, including:

  • 2004 – Globe Business and Environment trade show and conference in Vancouver
  • 2004 – Vancouver’s Pacific National Exhibition (PNE)
  • 2005 – Atlanta GreenBuild
  • 2006 – IIDEX interior design expo in Toronto
  • 2006 – International Home Show in Toronto
  • 2006 – Toronto Regional Green Building Festival
  • 2006 – Construct Canada
  • 2007 – Toronto Real Estate Board’s Realtor Quest Show
  • 2007 – Green Living Show
  • 2007 – Toronto’s Canadian National Exhibition (CNE)
  • August 2007 – 2008 – Permanent Exhibition at the CNE in Toronto
  • 2010 – 2012 Permanent Exhibition in Toronto

See also: Sustainable Condo for ChongqingSustainable Condo a Huge Success at Toronto’s Realtor Quest and Green Living ShowSustainable Condo 2006 Fall Exhibition in TorontoSustainable Condo Exhibit Expanded to More Toronto Events in 2007

SOS project

SOS Network
The SCM Optimization System (SOS) is a decision-making system that enables the reduction of the quantity of Portland cement in concrete by determining the optimum level of replacement by supplementary cementing material (SCM).
There is an increasing awareness amongst the building industry that the use of high levels of supplementary cementing materials (SCMs) in concrete can bring substantial benefits in terms of performance, cost, and constructability in addition to dramatic improvements to sustainability and the greenhouse gas (GHG) signature of concrete construction. However, there is also concern about potential pitfalls, such as lower setting time, longer curing requirements, or the potential for SCMs to introduce harmful chemicals into the concrete. To address these concerns, a partnership led by EcoSmart is developing a ‘SCM Optimization System’ or SOS, a web-based decision-making system to provide online expert guidance concerning all aspects of, and the optimum use of, SCMS at all stages of construction – through concept, structural design, materials selection and proportioning, to construction management and implementation. The system will assemble and package the scientific and technical knowledge, experience and intellectual property of members of a partnership composed of concrete experts, university professors, researchers, structural and material engineers, architects, developers, contractors, cement manufacturers, SCM producers, and ready-mixed concrete suppliers.
Ref: SOS CSCE Paper
See also: SOS Project approved by SDTC