The managing director of a Brandon firm says its creation of the World’s first carbon negative building block should preserve jobs for the future.
Lignacite, like the rest of the construction industry, has undergone a turbulent time over the last few years, laying off a third of its workforce.
But with the Government committed to new homes zero carbon homes by 2016, its ‘Carbon Buster’ block could be its saviour.
“We are very proud that we are the first to produce this product,” said MD Giles de Lotbiniere
“It is a British invention. “A great deal of research has gone into this by the University of Greenwich.”
Although previously Lignicite’s blocks had left a minimal carbon footprint, the energy used to make cement made it impossible to achieve carbon negative products.
That was until it teamed up with Carbon8 Aggregates who built a £1m carbonation plant – the World’s first – next to Lignacite.
“Cement uses lots of energy to create therefore it was always seen as the baddie,” said Mr de Lotbiniere.
“The blocks are about 20 per cent more expensive but it is not crippling.
“We have already received orders for a large contractor in London.
“We have had a lot of interest and enquiries and we are hoping it will save existing jobs.”
The Carbon Buster contains more than 50 per cent recycled aggregrates combined with Carbon8’s pellets made from thermal residue from waste to energy plants, which is then mixed with water and CO2
It is the first ever building block to capture more C02 than is emitted during its manufacture with 14kgs C02 per tonne.
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