High performance concrete (HPC) meets unique and demanding performance and uniformity requirements that aren’t achieved through conventional concrete. As an engineered concrete product, Dynamax leverages Lafarge’s proprietary technologies, like its self consolidating concrete and other performance enhancements. “Each Dynamax product is designed through a careful selection of the specialized constituents required, and then undergoes substantial testing requirements to ensure that we are achieving the performance we need,” explains Prez Skiba, Vice President & General Manager, Ready Mix at Lafarge.
Meant for demanding projects, including bridges, arenas, hospitals and extreme high-rises, incorporating Dynamax into structural design creates the potential to build with less materials. “Designers can now consider concrete designs more frequently as an alternative to steel in large-scale, complex, or creative projects. The product allows designers and architects to maximize durability and life cycle, as well as efficiency, without increasing resource usage - essentially, building more with less,” he explains.
The potential for environmental impacts is significant. Dynamax’s strength, durability, and constructability mean a designer can actually use less concrete and more compact reinforcement when designing their structure. Fewer beams and columns, and reducing the thickness of slabs provide design advantages, but beyond that, reduced use of CO2 emitting cementitious materials. Add to that, the easy access to concrete over steel within Canada - thanks to Lafarge’s coast to coast network - and constructors will see even further reductions in their GHG emissions.
“We know the trends in Canadian construction,” comments David Redfern,CEO & President of Lafarge Canada in Eastern Canada. “Whether it’s the advance planning for population growth and megacities, or the essential need to build sustainably, HPC is designed to maximize the opportunity to meet those new goals.”
Dynamax meets all Canadian building code requirements, and is available across Canada. “Dynamax gives the building designer even more flexibility to their approach - using a higher performing concrete to envelop denser, more compact steel reinforcement designs,” he says. “We make the overall design more efficient, and more sustainable.”