Concrete as sustainable construction material a key focus for industry

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Promoting concrete as the sustainable construction material of choice is a priority of the cement and concrete industry, as determined at the recent Cement & Concrete Association of New Zealand’s (CCANZ) annual planning workshop.

Leaders from the cement and concrete industry met together with Building and Construction Minister Clayton Cosgrove to discuss issues facing the sector and future opportunities. 

Companies that attended included:
 Holcim NZ,
 Golden Bay Cement,
 Firth Industries,

 Higgins Ltd,
 Allied Concrete,
 W Stevenson & Sons Ltd,
 Aitkens Concrete Ltd,

 BBR Contech,
 Busck Prestressed Concrete Ltd,
 Pacific Steel, and
 Victoria University.

The Minister conveyed the government’s stance on sustainability, and acknowledged the importance and value of cement and concrete to New Zealand’s current and future roading and building infrastructure.

CCANZ chairman Andrew Moss says sustainability is definitely a key issue that CCANZ will be addressing over the next five years.
“There needs to be a shift in the New Zealand psyche from short-term thinking to a long-term ‘sustainable’ view, as well as an increased awareness of cement and concrete’s contribution to sustainable development.

“The annual planning workshop was a great success in shaping a unified vision for CCANZ. More than 30 representatives from the industry attended the workshop, and their input will be invaluable in guiding CCANZ during the next three to five years,” he says.