BAMBURI CEMENT SCALES UP GREEN CONSTRUCTION

BAMBURI SCALES UP GREEN CONSTRUCTION

By Douglas Muriithi

Bamburi Cement launched an innovative

green construction project in Kenya dubbed

“Houses of Tomorrow’ (HoT) in a bid to fulfil its

sustainable construction agenda through low-

carbon based building solutions.

The project involves careful selection, design

and use of materials which leverage low carbon

standards in the overall construction, and

especially application of near zero embodied

energy concrete designed by incorporating low

carbon content cement. Some of the cement

products to be used for this construction

project feature a mix of Bamburi Cement’s

products Powermax and Nguvu pozzolanic

cements for concrete works. Fundi masonry

cement, a low carbon cement, will also be used

for mortar and plaster works.

The project launched by Bamburi’s parent

company LafargeHolcim, is ongoing in several

countries on each continent.

Commenting on the new building innovation,

Bamburi Cement Group Managing Director

Seddiq Hassani, stated that commitment to

Green construction has long been a goal for the

construction industry and that the launch of

“Houses of Tomorrow’ is another step in

Bamburi’s transition towards even more

sustainable building solutions and towards a

more sustainable construction industry overall.

“In our ambition of becoming a net zero

company, we are not only part of the solution,

we are committed to supporting our customers

in their CO2-reduction ambitions. We are

therefore delighted to launch the ‘Houses of

Tomorrow’ Project in Kenya further

demonstrating our continuous innovative

solutions aimed at reducing the carbon

emissions across the entirety of our operations

and supply chain. This project seeks to offer a

more sustainable construction solution, and we

cannot wait for our customers to reap the

benefits,” he said.

“Our customers will not only benefit from the

product’s sustainability credentials and great

performance, but also exceptional service. Our

technical team is well prepared to orient

customers on this project, not only to help them

understand the ‘green building’ concept but also

to help them have a better understanding of low

carbon footprint and why this solution matters,

which will enable them to make better and

sustainable construction decisions,” Mr

Hassani added.

The project will incorporate various other

features in the ‘green construction’ theme,

especially in the applications of materials –

water harvesting systems, water reticulation

systems, solar panels to cater for lighting and

water heating needs, as well as features like

large windows for maximum natural light and

fresh air among others.

The ‘Houses of Tomorrow’ initiative comes right

on the heels of LafargeHolcim’s Net Zero pledge

driven by low carbon product innovation and

environmental conservation initiatives.

Currently, Bamburi Cement has the greenest

cements with the lowest CO2 emission level in

the market, namely Duracem and Fundi

cements that limit the carbon emission by

between 50 and 65% compared to commonly

used Ordinary Portland Cement (OPC)

products.

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