The Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) results (see table) refer to the environmental gains of using 40 kilograms of Emesh in a 100m2 (1500 mm wide) footpath versus steel mesh sheets in the footpath.
The LCA shows impressive savings in water and fossil fuels, as well as vastly reduced production of substances harmful to the environment being produced. These include 90% reduction of carbon dioxide (C02) greenhouse gases causing emissions and a reduction of Chloro Fluoro Carbons (CFC) that deplete the ozone.
The rigorous scientific testing that backs up these results involves all aspects of production and transportation of both materials. For example, in looking at the fossil fuel and emissions involved in transporting each material to a site it should be noted that Emesh fibres are mixed with the concrete in the batch at the concrete plant and then transported to a site, ready for pouring. When using steel mesh, two trucks are needed – one to transport the steel mesh and the other to transport the concrete.
Using steel mesh also results in off-cuts and waste. Not only does Emesh eliminate off-cuts but also the product itself uses 100% recycled plastic waste that would otherwise end up in landfill – a double benefit to the environment.
Benefits at a glance:
- Environmentally friendly – uses 100% recycled plastic
- Cost-effective – saves time and money
- Faster and safer to use – reduces construction time
- Green ratings apply – globally recognised
- Australian-made innovation – Winner Shell & “The Australian” Innovation Challenge Awards – Construction Category
- Performance – improved durability