Low Carbon Concrete for The Future
At Adbri, our goal is net zero emissions by 2050. To support decarbonisation in the construction industry, we have been innovating our range to create new lower carbon products to provide customers with a choice, a choice to Build a Better Australia.
Introducing Futurecrete®, Adbri’s range of lower carbon concretes.
Over 15 years ago, we started to incorporate supplementary cementitious materials (SCMs) into our concrete mixes. This can reduce embodied carbon compared to conventional concretes with no cement substitution. It is these innovative solutions that allowed us to create the Futurecrete® range of low carbon concretes.
Build Better with Futurecrete®
- Lower embodied carbon than conventional concrete
- Can assist in achieving your projects’ sustainability criteria and goals
- Backed by our independently verified Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs)
- Can be customised to meet the unique needs of your project, supported by our in-house technical experts.
- Low carbon concrete available in QLD, NSW, VIC, SA, NT
- Supports the circular economy by recycling industrial byproducts
- Maintains the strength and durability of conventional concrete
- Exceeds the performance requirements of AS1379 and AS3600, and is suitable for use in most applications.
Futurecrete® is a range of premix concretes designed and manufactured in accordance with the performance requirements of AS1379 and AS3600, with lower embodied carbon compared to conventional concrete with no cement substitution.
Futurecrete® can be used in a wide range of project applications delivering equivalent performance to conventional concrete in most applications.
In applications that require high early strength, such as post-tension and precast slabs, our experienced technical team can provide advice and bespoke designs to suit the needs of most projects.
For non-standard applications, professional advice on its suitability should be sought from a qualified structural engineer.
Futurecrete® In Action
Yarra Trams Renewal Project
The Adbri technical team was engaged by Fulton Hogan to customise our 50MPa general purpose concrete mix to reduce its embodied carbon for the Tram Tracks Renewal project in Victoria. As the project owners, Yarra Trams considered a 25% cement substitution and other optimisation opportunities for both sustainability and performance benefits.
The Adbri team created a bespoke mix by replacing this cement with slag, a byproduct which can be used as a supplementary cementitious material (SCMs). SCMs can lower embodied carbon without lowering the strength or performance of concrete mix.
By replacing 25% of the cement content with slag, Yarra Trams made the sustainable choice to Build Better with Futurecrete®. Their choice resulted in a reduction of up to 270,000 kg CO2 equivalent per year of supply, compared to conventional concrete, as evidenced in Adbri’s Concrete Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs).
Where to Order
Your Choice, Our Future
Contact us for information, a free quote, or to enquire about our EPDs.
Environmental Product Declarations
The Futurecrete® range is backed by our independently verified Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) to provide transparent information about the environmental impacts of our products.
In addition to the Futurecrete® range, our national technical team can create customised concrete mixes, supported by bespoke EPDs. This allows you to achieve specific sustainability and performance requirements for your projects, with independently certified documentation which may help achieve project sustainability criteria for reduced cement concretes.
Concrete builds our homes, schools, hospitals, infrastructure and industrial developments. Concrete is an essential material in the transition to a low carbon economy and critical to renewable energy assets including hydroelectricity and wind turbines. However, with the building and construction sector set to double by 2060, reducing the embodied carbon in concrete is likely to have a positive environmental impact, when compared to conventional concrete with no cement substitution.
Supporting the circular economy
Through our Hy-Tec, Adbri Concrete, Central Premix and Zanows’ concrete brands, we have been producing lower carbon concrete for over 15 years, rising to the challenge of innovating our products to reduce embodied carbon while maintaining the strength and durability of conventional concrete.
Low carbon concrete
Lower carbon concrete is produced using supplementary cementitious materials (SCMs) including flyash and slag, recycled waster materials from the energy and steel industries.
The cement content of concrete mix is the main driver of its embodied carbon so replacing some cement content with recycled SCMs is an effective way of reducing the embodied carbon of concrete.
What makes Futurecrete® a more sustainable choice?
Futurecrete® is an innovative range of concretes which use SCMs to lower embodied carbon compared when compared to conventional concretes with no cement substitution. The use of SCMs also supports the circular economy, taking industrial by-products from other industries and giving them new life as raw materials in our low carbon concretes. The Futurecrete® range is a more sustainable concrete choice as it maintains the strength and durability of normal class concretes and are suitable for a wide range of applications. The Futurecrete® range is backed by independently verified EPDs which provides a Global Warming Potential (GWP) number for each of our mixes.
What are SCMs or supplementary cementitious materials?
SCMs are materials which are used as a partial replacement of Portland cement in a concrete mix. SCMs can include industrial by-products like fly ash and slag, supporting the circular economy. SCMs can reduce the embodied carbon of concrete when compared to conventional concretes, while also providing performance benefits, contributing to the properties of hardened concrete in a range of applications.
How does Futurecrete® concrete have less embodied carbon than conventional concrete?
The Futurecrete® range substitutes a percentage of Portland cement with supplementary cementitious materials. The reduction in Portland cement can reduce the embodied carbon in concrete. For example, our South Australian manufactured Futurecrete® Ultra has up to 52% less embodied carbon compared to conventional concrete. This comparison is between our South Australian-manufactured 32MPa concrete and the Australian National Life Cycle Inventory Database (AusLCI) equivalent general ready-mix concrete with no cement substitution.
What is embodied carbon?
A product’s embodied carbon refers to all carbon emissions associated with raw materials and the manufacturing process of making the product. Embodied carbon of our Futurecrete® concretes is measured from cradle-to-gate, with Adbri’s independently verified EPDs providing transparent information about the environmental impact of our products. Embodied carbon is often referred to as Global Warming Potential (GWP).
What is Global Warming Potential and the GWP of concrete?
GWP stands for Global Warming Potential. GWP are values that allow direct comparison of the impact of different greenhouse gases in the atmosphere by comparing how much energy one tonne of a gas will absorb compared to one tonne of carbon dioxide. The larger the GWP, the more that a given gas warms the Earth compared to CO2 over that time period. Our EPDs provide a GWP number for each of the Futurecrete® products assessed in the EPD.