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

Toward Better and Greener Concrete. Interactive Workshop & Consultation. Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Two workshops in the UAE are held on March 16 and 18 2009 to discuss the implementation of EcoSmart Concrete in the Emirates and SOS tool developed by EcoSmart to facilitate its application. By invitation only.Partially replacing Portland cement with supplementary cementing materials (SCMs) in concrete can bring substantial benefits in terms of performance and constructability in addition to significant improvement of the greenhouse gas (GHG) footprint of concrete. However, there are also potential pitfalls, such as lower setting time and longer curing requirements.. Increasing the amount of SCMs in concrete is a very effective GHG reduction strategy, in line with the growing concerns about climate change and the UAE’s green building policies. But how much can be used – particularly when taking into account other important parameters of concrete construction such as: material availability, scheduling, costs, or strength and durability requirements? To address these complex issues, EcoSmart, together with a large consortium, is developing a computer-based expert advisory system that will help to determine for a given project the optimal level of SCMs as well as the best engineering and construction practices to use. This new “SCM Optimization System” – or “SOS” – will allow those involved in a concrete construction project – owners, designers, suppliers, and contractors – to understand the effects of varying the type and level of SCMs on the whole project and to decide on a best case optimum. The objective of these workshops is to ensure that the SOS responds to the needs of the construction industry and professionals and fits their needs. If you are a UAE professional involved in concrete construction and would like to be invited to one of these workshops, please contact Clare of EcoSmart at clare@ecosmart.ca
WebLink: ecosmartconcrete.com
See also: EcoSmart Concrete in the EmiratesEcoSmart ConcreteEcoSmart Seminars in Abu Dhabi: April 21-22, 2008

EcoSmart Seminars in Abu Dhabi: April 21-22, 2008

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EcoSmart offered a series of seminars on Sustainable Building and Concrete at the Building Futures Gulf conference in Abu Dhabi on April 21 & 22.
The seminars took place in the Structure & Envelope Forum, located in the Structure Gulf exhibition Hall 7. Building materials are becoming an increasing concern for sustainability in the UAE’s unprecedented construction boom. Concrete is second only to water as the most consumed substance on earth and accounts for over 5% of global greenhouse gas emissions. But does this mean we must stop using concrete in construction? Attendees learned how concrete and other building materials and approaches can be turned around to work toward sustainability while increasing the performance and maintaining the cost of your construction project. Expert speakers from the UAE and Canada doscussed issues related to concrete, other construction materials and green building. Presentations covered a variety of perspectives with time provided for speakers to address questions from attendees. See the presentations from this event on the EcoSmart Concrete Knowledge Base. EcoSmart’s seminar speakers included:

  • James Aldred, GHD Global, Manager of the Independent Verification and Testing for the Burj Dubai Tower
  • Khaled Awad, Director, Property Development, Masdar
  • Denis Beaupré, Technical Manager for Unibeton Ready Mix, Abu Dhabi and formerly professor of Civil Engineering at Laval University, Quebec, Canada
  • Michel de Spot, President of EcoSmart Foundation Inc., and a LEED Accredited Professional, Vancouver, Canada
  • Ali Elian, Head of Engineering Materials Laboratory Section, Dubai Central Laboratory
  • Jeff Hood, VP Business Development, Icynene
  • Ken Klassen, MBA, CMHC International Training Team
  • Michael Richardson, General Manager, Ras Al Khaimah Cement

About EcoSmart The EcoSmart Foundation is a Canadian non-profit organization working to advance ecologically and economically smart building technologies since 1999. In the UAE the organization’s emphasis is on the use of EcoSmart Concrete, a carefully engineered material containing very high volumes of such supplementary cementing materials (SCMs) as fly ash and ground blast furnace slag. EcoSmart Concrete improves sustainability and performance without sacrificing cost. Links: EcoSmart Concrete: www.ecosmartconcrete.com EcoSmart Emirates: www.ecosmartconcrete.com/UAE Building Futures Gulf by Batimat: www.buildingfuturesgulf.com
Ref: EcoSmart Batimat Seminar Information
See also: EcoSmart Concrete in the EmiratesToward Better and Greener Concrete. Interactive Workshop & Consultation. Dubai and Abu Dhabi

EcoSmart at Globe 2008

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EcoSmart participated in the 2008 Globe Business & Environment Conference in Vancouver, Canada: March 12-14, 2008.
Globe is a biennial event that brings together corporate executives, government representatives and environment industry leaders for dialogue and networking. Over 10,000 delegates and exhibitors from all over the world attended Globe 2008. The Globe Trade Fair complemented the conference sessions and provided an international marketplace for innovative environmental technologies, products and services. Over 400 exhibitors offered conference delegates and outside visitors a vast array of sustainable commercial products, services and ideas. Hundreds of visitors dropped by the EcoSmart booth which was set up within the SDTC Solutions Showcase area of the Globe trade show. SDTC (Sustainable Development Technologies Canada) finances and supports the development and demonstration of clean technologies, such as EcoSmart’s SOS online construction tool to assist the building industry incorporate EcoSmart Concrete into their projects.
Links: EcoSmart Concrete: www.ecosmartconcrete.com SDTC – Sustainable Development Technologies Canada: www.sdtc.ca Globe 2008: www.globe2008.ca

Finalized AP2K Reports on SCM Use in Canada

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All the three information reports generated through EcoSmart’s AP2K 2007 project have been approved for public release.
EcoSmart undertook a qualitative assessment and related information dissemination activities with regard to the use of Supplementary Cementing Materials (SCMs) in Canada. These activities followed up from the federal Action Plan 2000 project. The three information reports generated through EcoSmart’s AP2K 2007 project are:

  • EcoSmart AP2K 2007 Assessment Report provides the results of a qualitative survey on SCM use in Canada conducted during the spring of 2007.
  • EcoSmart AP2K 2007 Dissemination Report summarizes the dissemination aspect of the project aimed at increasing acceptance of SCM use in Canada.
  • “SCM Basics” Information Resource Guide concisely explains the technical and environmental benefits of SCM use, as well as the limitations, applications and specifications. Links to additional resources are also provided. the industry-government collaboration developed a list of references and resources on the use of SCMs.



See also: SCM BasicsAP2K 2007 Follow Up Project

EcoSmart Concrete Seminar in the UAE

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The free seminar was hosted jointly by EcoSmart and the American University in Dubai and held in two cities in the United Arab Emirates – October 22, 2007 in Abu Dhabi and October 24, 2007 in Dubai.
The seminars drew approximately three hundred representatives from a cross section of the UAE construction industry. In attendance were construction managers, property developers, engineers, architects, policy makers, as well as those working in cement, concrete and ready-mix companies. Participants learned from experienced industry professionals about the benefits of EcoSmart Concrete in a time when climate change is having a global impact on building design and operation. Seminar speakers also discussed the more technical aspects of concrete durability and performance. Seminar topics included:

  • advantages and planning for green buildings;
  • materials and computer modeling for concrete durability;
  • tests on designs for and performance of EcoSmart Concrete;
  • implications of EcoSmart Concrete for structural design and construction;
  • background on reasons the Canadian Government supports EcoSmart Concrete, particularly it link to mitigating climate change.

Speakers included:

  • James Aldred of GHD Global, Manager of the Independent Verification and Testing for Burj Dubai Tower – Dubai, UAE
  • Denis Beaupré, Technical Manager for Unibeton Ready-Mix, Abu Dhabi and formerly professor of Civil Engineering at Laval University – Quebec, Canada
  • Michel de Spot, President of EcoSmart, and a LEED Accredited Professional – Vancouver, Canada
  • David Fox, senior structural engineer, Halcrow-Yolles – Toronto, Canada
  • Kerri Henry, GHG Technology Officer, Natural Resources Canada – Ottawa, Canada
  • Nils Larsson, Executive Director, International Initiative for the Sustainable Built Environment – Ottawa, Canada
  • Jacques Marchand, President of SEM Inc. and Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Laval – Quebec, Canada
  • Phil Seabrook, Executive Vice President, Levelton Consultants Ltd. – Vancouver, Canada

Presentations from the seminar can be found in the EcoSmart Concrete knowledge base. For more information see the EcoSmart Concrete Emirates webpages.
Ref: EcoSmart Concrete Seminar UAE Details WebLink: http://ecosmartconcrete.com/kb_browseeventtitles.cfm?RecordID=35
See also: EcoSmart Concrete in the EmiratesEcoSmart Concrete

EcoSmart Concrete in the Emirates

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The proven success of EcoSmart™ Concrete as a benefit to both the construction industry and the environment is now being demonstrated in the dynamic construction market of the United Arab Emirates.
EcoSmart Concrete optimizes the replacement of Portland cement with Supplementary Cementing Materials (SCMs), such as fly ash. This cutting-edge Canadian technology, proven in some of the world’s most difficult environments, can help tackle major construction issues facing companies in the Emirates. It is demonstrably more durable, with an ability to resist salt corrosion in extreme marine environments. It has the potential to be less expensive than traditional concrete and is easier to pump and work, especially in high temperatures. In addition, the use of fly ash reduces water demand and heat of hydration, two important factors in the UAE. Originally developed by CANMET, a world-renowned Canadian government laboratory, it significantly improves concrete performance, particularly in harsh conditions. And because it reduces cement usage, a major producer of greenhouse gases, EcoSmart Concrete offers distinct environmental advantages. For almost a decade, EcoSmart has worked with designers, engineers, developers and construction managers to test the use of EcoSmart Concrete in real world construction projects. More than twenty successful Canadian case studies by EcoSmart have led to hundreds of projects successfully incorporating the technology in all types of structures, from towers and transit stations, to bridges and universities. Made with the same or greater standards than with traditional methods and at no extra cost, these projects demonstrate that it is possible to combine performance, profitability and environmental responsibility in concrete construction. Since 2006, with the support of Natural Resources Canada through the Technology Early Action Measures Program (TEAM) and CANMET, EcoSmart has been actively working at introducing EcoSmart Concrete and design, engineering methods, applications and techniques to the United Arab Emirates. EcoSmart is supporting demonstration projects in the Emirates and is able to provide technical support, including additional testing, training, design and implementation. Companies interested in participating in the EcoSmart Concrete projects in the UAE should contact EcoSmart at: info@ecosmartconcrete.com. EcoSmart is a non-profit organization that helps the building industry innovate and adopt new technologies that are ecologically and economically smart. For more information on EcoSmart Concrete and its case studies see: www.ecosmartconcrete.com. Also see the new EcoSmart Emirates pages at www.ecosmartconcrete.com/UAE WebLink: http://www.ecosmartconcrete.com/UAE
See also: EcoSmart Seminars in Abu Dhabi: April 21-22, 2008Toward Better and Greener Concrete. Interactive Workshop & Consultation. Dubai and Abu DhabiSCM BasicsEcoSmart ConcreteEcoSmart Concrete Seminar in the UAE

AP2K 2007 Follow Up Project

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EcoSmart undertook a qualitative assessment and related information dissemination activities with regard to the use of Supplementary Cementing Materials (SCMs) in Canada. These activities were follow up from the federal AP2K project.
Within the Government of Canada Action Plan 2000 (AP2K) on Climate Change, several programs were aimed at reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the minerals and metals sector. The key objective of the Minerals and Metals programs is to promote the increased use of alternative and recycled materials and to identify opportunities to further minimize GHG emissions through the adoption of new technologies and process modifications. One of these areas focused on the use of Supplementary Cementing Materials in concrete. The program was extended for two follow up activities. A qualitative assessment on SCM use in Canada was conducted to determine changes over the past several years and to gain a better understanding of stakeholders’ position and concerns. Also, there was further dissemination of information on the use of SCMs in concrete in an effort to increase acceptance. In 2007, EcoSmart Foundation completed these activities with the support of the Cement Association of Canada (CAC), the Canadian Ready-Mixed Concrete Association (CRMCA), the Association of Canadian Industries Recycling Coal Ash (CIRCA), the National Research Council (Institute for Research in Construction), Public Works & Government Services Canada, Environment Canada and Natural Resources Canada. As a part of the dissemination aspect of the AP2K 2007 project, the industry-government collaboration developed a list of references and resources on the use of SCMs. These resources are intended to provide helpful information to the ready-mixed concrete, construction and design industries, as well as federal, provincial and municipal agencies across Canada. The three information reports generated through EcoSmart’s AP2K 2007 project are:

  • EcoSmart AP2K 2007 Assessment Report provides the results of a qualitative survey on SCM use in Canada conducted during the spring of 2007.
  • EcoSmart AP2K 2007 Dissemination Report summarizes the dissemination aspect of the project aimed at increasing acceptance of SCM use in Canada.
  • “SCM Basics” Information Resource Guide concisely explains the technical and environmental benefits of SCM use, as well as the limitations, applications and specifications. Links to additional resources are also provided. the industry-government collaboration developed a list of references and resources on the use of SCMs.



See also: SCM BasicsEcoSmart ConcreteFinalized AP2K Reports on SCM Use in Canada

SCM Basics

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The information below concisely explains the technical and environmental benefits of SCM use, as well as the limitations, applications and specifications. Links to other current resources on the use of SCMs are also provided.
This is intended to provide helpful information to the ready-mixed concrete, construction and design industries, as well as federal, provincial and municipal agencies across Canada. This “SCM Primer” was compiled by EcoSmart Foundation with the assistance of an industry-government collaboration consisting of: the Cement Association of Canada (CAC), the Canadian Ready-Mixed Concrete Association (CRMCA), the Association of Canadian Industries Recycling Coal Ash (CIRCA), the National Research Council (Institute for Research in Construction), Public Works & Government Services Canada, Environment Canada and Natural Resources Canada.
Supplementary Cementing Materials (SCMs)
Supplementary cementing materials (SCMs) are materials that when used with Portland cement contribute to the properties of the hardened concrete through hydraulic or pozzolanic activity or both. The most commonly used SCMs are fly ash, ground granulated blast furnace slag (GGBFS) and silica fume. The proper use of SCMs help produce more durable and sustainable concrete infrastructure. Parameters to consider include appropriate levels of SCM use for given applications, compatibility of different SCMs, and specific practices for various on-site conditions. This document is intended to provide access to resources developed to assist the successful application of SCM concrete. Technical benefits The incorporation of SCMs into a concrete mixture generally tends to improve the workability, and to reduce the water requirement at a given consistency. It can be used to enhance the ultimate strength of concrete and improve both the impermeability and durability of concrete to chemical attack. It can also be used to mitigate thermal cracking by lowering the heat of hydration. To learn more about the technical benefits of fly ash, slag, and silica fume please consult: Use of Fly Ash and Slag in Concrete: A Best Practice Guide, Silica Fume User’s Manual, The Durability of Concrete Containing High Levels of Fly Ash, Supplementary Cementing Materials for Use in Concrete and Design and Control of Concrete Mixtures. Environmental Benefits For every portion of Portland cement replaced by SCMs there is an improvement in the environmental footprint of concrete, including a reduction in GHGs and air pollutants. Moreover, because SCMs are by-products of other industrial processes and are typically directed to landfills, recycling these materials as raw materials for another process reduces waste. Overall, the use of SCM contributes to enhanced sustainability in the construction industry. Use of SCMs contributes to achieving LEED credits with the Canada Green Building Council. The LEED building rating system recognizes design, construction and operational practices that combine healthy, high-quality and high-performance advantages with reduced environmental impacts. Limitations The use of some SCMs can reduce early age strengths (7 day) of concrete, and often results in a concrete that is more sensitive to curing, finishing and scaling. The carbonation of concrete incorporating SCMs tends also to increase which can lead to corrosion of reinforcement. Specifications, tools and guidelines to ensure SCM concrete is applied effectively have been developed. To learn more about the mitigation of challenges associated with concrete using fly ash and slag, please consult: Use of Fly Ash and Slag in Concrete: A Best Practice Guide, the Cement Association of Canada’s Design and Control of Concrete Mixtures, and the specifications below. For silica fume, please consult the Silica Fume User’s Manual. Applications SCMs have been used for decades in all kinds of concrete applications in Canada. Many high-profile concrete structures across the country were made with SCMs to achieve concrete technical benefits and longer service life, such as the Hibernia concrete platform, Confederation Bridge, UBC’s Liu Centre, Toronto’s Scotia Plaza and York University, Calgary’s Bankers Hall 2, Winnipeg’s Manitoba Hydro Head Office, Montreal’s Pavillons Lassonde, Halifax’s Bell Tower and many government buildings. Specifications The requirements for concrete made with and without SCMs are covered by the CSA A23.1 Standard. Specifications are provided for mixing, handling, placing and curing concrete. Specific concrete classifications are listed for a variety of exposure conditions. Special requirements for concrete incorporating high volumes of SCMs have recently been added in an appendix dealing with this type of concrete. A summary of these requirements is provided in the above mentioned Use of Fly Ash and Slag in Concrete: A Best Practice Guide. The 2006 edition of the National Master Specification (NMS) refers to best practice guidelines on the use of fly ash and slag in concrete in which recommended percentages of SCMs are given. Please note all specifications are available for a fee from the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and the National Master Specification (NMS). Resources For more information on the use of SCMs in concrete, please refer to the following websites and documents:



See also: AP2K 2007 Follow Up ProjectEcoSmart Concrete in the EmiratesFinalized AP2K Reports on SCM Use in Canada