A unique building project using considerable quantities of recycled waste glass won the inaugural 2008 Concrete3 Sustainability Award in Rotorua recently.
Project Century, a brewery under construction in South Auckland, is a joint development by Holcim (New Zealand) Ltd and Mainzeal Property & Construction Ltd for Lion Nathan.
The project will use recycled waste glass as aggregate in the building’s concrete structures, and is due to open in 2010.
The award, which is part of the Concrete3 initiative launched last year by the Cement and Concrete Association of New Zealand (CCANZ), acknowledges companies whose product, programme or initiative demonstrates excellence in environmental, economic and societal sustainability.
CCANZ chief executive Patrick McGuire says Project Century was chosen as the winner as it addressed two significant environmental issues — the ever-increasing recycled glass stockpiles in New Zealand and the shortage of locally-produced aggregates for construction in Auckland.
Dedication and commitment
“Through Project Century, Holcim and Mainzeal have demonstrated dedication and commitment to developing sustainable concrete solutions,” Mr McGuire says.
“It’s fantastic that this innovative project has been recognised and celebrated with the Concrete3 Sustainability Award. Holcim and Mainzeal’s success, and the quality of all of the entries, showcases concrete’s significant role in achieving a sustainable built environment for New Zealand.”
Mr McGuire says the award provides the opportunity the learn more about the sustainable work being done by the cement and concrete industry.
“We know there are people dedicated to developing sustainable cement and concrete solutions, and by recognising and celebrating their successes we can help better promote sustainability within the industry.”
The runner-up in the Sustainability Award was Wilco Precast Ltd, for Sinclair House in Whitianga, an energy-efficient holiday home understood to be the first house in New Zealand built entirely from lightweight precast pumice concrete.
The judging panel for the awards included Kenneth Hover, Professor of Structural Engineering, Cornell University, New York; Pieter Burghout, former chief executive of the Registered Master Builders Federation and chief executive designate of BRANZ; Charles Willmot, technical director of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand; Patrick McGuire, chief executive of CCANZ; and Rob Gaimster, project manager for CCANZ.