The Concrete Advantage

 

Manufacturing Process

 
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High quality precast concrete pipe is manufactured using state-of-the-art facilities, processes and equipment, integrated under controlled conditions. Several different processes are used, each capable of producing precast concrete pipe that conforms to the requirements of applicable standards. The following sections provide an overview of the materials used to produce a concrete product of consistently high quality.

 

Materials

There are two methods of precast concrete production employed at Lafarge facilities across Western Canada; drycast and wetcast production.

 

Processes

 

Sustainability

Here at Lafarge Pipe, we work to develop innovative solutions that help design professionals achieve sustainable design.

 

Environmental Sustainability

  • Locally Available Materials used in the production of concrete pipe reduce emissions associated with transporting materials.
  • Recycled Industrial Fly Ash is used to replace some of the energy-intensive Portland Cement, while also keeping this waste product out of the landfill.
  • Recycled Aggregates created from crushing old concrete products are used to make new ones.
  • Steel Reinforcement is also recycled after the life of a concrete product.
  • Concrete Pipe is Inert, meaning it does not react with or release undesirable chemicals in the ground once installed.
 
Financial Sustainability

Financial Sustainability

Concrete pipe has an estimated life span of 100 years, providing long-term relief to the replacement costs associated with other products. The durability of concrete pipe also inevitably reduces costs associated with repair over the life of a project.

 
Biodiversity

Biodiversity

The Lafarge Pipe Operation located in Calgary, AB, is proud to be a selected as one of four Calgary area biodiversity sites. Biodiversity refers to the diverse spectrum of plants, animals, and even microorganisms in the natural environment. Given the Pipe Operation's location along the Bow River, biodiversity at this site is of particular importance and care.

Biodiversity initiatives at the Pipe Operation include:

  • Bat boxes
  • Erecting a nesting platform for eagles
  • Planting a native pollinator garden
  • Building nesting boxes for song birds
  • Arranging brush piles for small mammals
  • Tree wrapping for protection from beavers
Biodiversity initiatives at the Pipe Operation include: - Bat boxes. - Erecting a nesting platform for eagles. - Planting a native pollinator garden. - Building nesting boxes for song birds. - Arranging brush piles for small mammals. - Tree wrapping for protection from beavers.
 

LEED Certification

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certification, developed by the Green Building Council, provides technical standards for environmentally sustainable construction. These standards have become an international benchmark for high-performance, sustainable developments.

 

Products

Lafarge Pipe designs and manufactures a wide range of precast underground infrastructure components, including:

  • Concrete Pipe
  • Box Sections
  • Manhole Components
  • Catch Basin Components
  • Stormceptor (Oil/Grit Separators)

 

 

Stormwater Management

The Stormceptor System removes oil and sediment from stormwater runoff: protecting water quality and providing treatment prior to storage and re-use of stormwater. Stormwater systems
 

  • Can be sized to remove more than 80% of total suspended solids(TSS), fulfilling LEED Sustainable Sites Credit 6.2
  • Can also be utilized in a treatment train to achieve LEED Sustainable Sites Credits 6.1 and 6.2
  • Have a small footprint making it ideal for new developments, retrofit projects, and brownfields.