Freement; an application that contributes to a sustainable building

Posted on: 20 October 2020

THE FOUNDATION, OR FOUNDATION OF A BUILDING, ENSURES THAT THE WEIGHT OF THE BUILDING IS TRANSFERRED TO THE LOADING SUBSTRATE AND / OR POSTS. AT PELECON WE ADVISE PROJECT DEVELOPERS, ARCHITECTS AND CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES ON THE APPLICATION OF CONCRETE FOUNDATIONS, among other things. IN WHICH WE LATTY RECOMMEND THE SUSTAINABLE FOUNDATION, ALSO “FREEMENT”, MORE OFTEN. BUT WHAT IS THAT FREEMENT CONCRETE ACTUALLY?

After water, concrete is the most used product in the world and is made up of the raw materials gravel, sand and cement. A great product, but almost 9 percent of global CO2 emissions originate from concrete. Freement has been developed to reduce this figure. Freement is a circular concrete mortar where recycled cement is used. This is extracted from concrete rubble from demolition buildings.

RECYCLING CONCRETE

Recycling of concrete has been going on for as long as concrete has been used. In the form of rubble granulate, this product serves as a substrate for road construction, among other things. This residual flow is seen as a low-value residual product. Unlike traditional coarse concrete crushers, the Smart Liberator subtly rubs and turns cement stone from concrete debris and “liberates” it into reusable cement. This makes the original components reusable, so that the cement part in particular can again serve as a high-quality product. By re-adding gravel and sand, the correct dosage is again created and ultimately the recycled concrete: “Freement”. The worldwide application of the circular Freement results in up to nine percent less CO2 emissions. And it fully fits in with the ever-increasing desire to build as sustainably as possible.

PELECON APPLIES FREEMENT IN ADVICE

Pelecon was the first in the Netherlands to use this type of concrete in the construction design of a building foundation. We are very enthusiastic about this type of concrete and will therefore always include it in our advice as a potential sustainability solution. But it does not stop there, we generally continue to look for smart solutions to make the buildings for which we constructively calculate increasingly sustainable. After all, we never sit still!