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Championing Sustainability with Supplementary Cementitious Materials (SCMs)

In the construction industry, sustainability is at the forefront of project delivery. As the industry grapples with environmental challenges and how to reduce environmental impact, the quest for greener alternatives in building materials has led to innovative solutions.

One such breakthrough is the use of Supplementary Cementitious Materials (SCMs), a sustainable alternative to standard concrete.

Learn more about the benefits of SCMs as we reach a turning point in sustainable construction.

The Rise of SCMs: A Sustainable Shift

SCMs are materials used in conjunction with Portland cement to create concrete with enhanced properties and reduced environmental impact. These materials can include fly ash, slag, and silica fume.

However, the integration of SCMs in concrete production is not just about reducing the carbon footprint. Using SCMs in building projects can also enhance the durability and resilience of the structures built by our customers.

There are clear advantages to using SCMs in building materials. Take a closer look at these reasons to work with SESCO for your construction projects.

Environmental Benefits

SCMs significantly reduce the carbon dioxide emissions associated with cement production. By partially replacing cement with these materials, we can work together to lessen the environmental burden of construction.

Enhanced Durability

Structures built with SCM-enriched concrete exhibit increased strength and longevity. This benefit translates to fewer repairs and a longer lifespan, ultimately leading to cost savings and reduced resource consumption.

Versatility and Performance

SCMs offer flexibility to achieve the desired concrete properties. The material can be tailored to meet specific needs, whether increased strength, resistance to sulfate attack, or improved workability.

The Significance of Portland Type IL

Construction companies and contractors are familiar with Portland Type I and II cement. So, what makes Portland Type IL different?

Portland Type IL is a blended cement, where a portion of the Portland cement is replaced with limestone. This mixture helps reduce CO2 emissions and enhances the performance characteristics of the cement. Construction companies benefit in two clear ways:

  • Reduced Environmental Impact: The use of Portland Type IL significantly lowers the carbon footprint associated with cement production.
  • Improved Performance: This type of cement offers improved workability and finishing properties, making it an ideal choice for a wide range of construction applications.

Leading the Way in Supplementary Cementitious Materials

The use of Supplementary Cementitious Materials (SCMs) is a significant step towards a more sustainable construction industry. We are confident that customers can achieve both objectives of sustainability and performance using this advanced material.

By embracing innovative building materials, we can build a greener, more resilient construction industry.
Contact us today to learn more about the use of SCMs for your next project. It’s a great opportunity to be part of the first group of companies using this sustainable building material to support your project goals.

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