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Date 06/22/2012

Lafarge Wins Environmental Award from Canadian Construction Association for Calgary International Airport Work

Calgary, Alberta

Lafarge Canada Inc.


Parking Lot Project incorporated sustainable practices while diverting waste away from landfill - 42,470 tonnes of material diverted from landfill and recycled.


The Purple Lot, a Lafarge parking lot project at Calgary International Airport (YYC) which incorporated the use of an amended asphalt mix containing reclaimed asphalt pavement and Asphalt Shingle Modifier, was recently recognized by the Canadian Construction Association for its sustainable features. The project met specifications, reduced waste and permitted mixing to occur at lower temperatures, reducing emissions at the asphalt plant.


In addition, Lafarge used recycled concrete in the parking lot sub-base in lieu of virgin material. The recycled concrete was processed to have the same physical properties as the gravel, resulting in more than 40,000 tonnes of concrete being diverted from landfills. An additional benefit occurred in reduced haul distance resulting in a reduction of over 1,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions.


As well, recycled rubber wheel stops were used in lieu of concrete wheel stops. The project required 650 wheel stops, each of which prevents 2.3 tires from reaching the landfill.


"Building sustainably is an important part of every project at YYC," said Jody Moseley, Director of Corporate Communications and Marketing The Calgary Airport Authority. "YYC was Canada's first GoGreen certified airport and we continue to focus on new and innovative ways to develop the airport, while minimizing our environmental footprint."


For this project, approximately 1,500 tires were effectively diverted from landfill. The end results were: more than 42,470 tonnes of material diverted from landfill and recycled for this project and a reduction of 1392.7 tonnes of CO2 emissions.



Jennifer Lewis

Communications Director

Western Canada

Ph: 403.723.7151



Ken Lancastle

Canadian Construction Association

Ph: 613.236.9455 ext. 438



Lafarge Canada Inc.'s (LCI) has two main operating units, Western Canada and Eastern Canada.  Operations in Western Canada span over half a century beginning in 1956 with the construction of a cement plant in Richmond, BC. Today, LCI - Western Canada has over 4,000 employees and 200 industrial sites in the 4 western provinces, and a sales territory with its affiliates that extends Canada-wide as well as to the Pacific Northwest and the Dakotas.


LCI is active in environment, education and sustainable construction partnerships in Western Canada including the Rocky Mountain Conservation program with WWF-Canada and a NetZero Precast Concrete home with Habitat for Humanity. 



About the Canadian Construction Association: 

The Canadian Construction Association is the voice of the national non-residential construction industry. It represents over 17,000 members in an integrated structure of over 70 local and provincial construction associations.

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