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BNR Upgrade Wins 2018 Supreme Concrete3 Sustainability Award

McConnell Dowell – HEB Construction Joint Venture for the BNR Upgrade

The McConnell Dowell – HEB Construction Joint Venture (JV) has collected the 2018 Supreme Concrete3 Sustainability Award for the Mangere Wastewater Treatment Plant BNR Upgrade, the largest single-site capital works delivery of wastewater plant for almost twenty years.

The Award, presented at the Concrete NZ Conference in Hamilton on 12 October, celebrated concrete’s role in realising an important piece of Auckland infrastructure; one of the most significant mechanical undertakings the country has ever seen, says Concrete NZ chief executive Rob Gaimster.

The judging panel commended the McConnell Dowell – HEB Construction JV, along with project partners Watercare, Holmes Consulting and CH2M Beca, for working collaboratively to enhance the programme, manage project risks, and provide solutions with an emphasis on sustainability, in a culture motivated by the concept of ‘Together Doing it Better’.

Environmental sustainability was at the project’s heart, protecting the Manukau Harbour for future generations to enjoy.

Economic sustainability was achieved through astute design, excellent planning and attention to quality, longevity and durability. The design and construct of the complex concrete structures was key to achieving this goal - the structural brace system offered efficiencies that enabled a reduction in member size and the amount of material used, while post-tensioning offered enhanced durability and resilience to resist induced compression.

Social sustainability for the local community and the JV’s own employees was placed on an equal footing with the environmental and economic pillars of sustainable development’s ‘triple bottom line’; and was achieved through the integration of extensive planting along with walking / cycling initiatives, while a strong safety culture and emphasis on training was constant throughout.

On its way to the top prize, the McConnell Dowell – HEB Construction JV and projects partners won the Excellence in Concrete Innovation category award.

The Awards are part of the Concrete3 initiative launched in 2007 by the Cement & Concrete Association of New Zealand (now Concrete NZ), and recognise projects, products and initiatives which demonstrate excellence in environmental, economic and/or social sustainability for the built environment.

Other Category Winners
The Awards also produced winners in four other categories for projects which excelled in different areas of sustainable concrete construction.

Excellence in Concrete for the Community went to GHD and Projects Partners for the Ellerslie Noise Walls in Auckland. The project was initiated by the local community and the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) to mitigate the noise and air pollution effects of over 100,000 vehicles travelling on a section of the southern motorway every day. 

Sustainability was at the heart of the project, from 3D printing of concepts and adopting re-usable formliners to reduce waste, developing the fibre reinforced foundation to cut preparation time, and using an anti-graffiti paint to minimise maintenance. In terms of social sustainability, the adjacent properties have enjoyed a six decibel drop in noise since the barriers’ installation. 

GHD for the Ellerslie Noise Walls in Auckland

Excellence in Civil Concrete Construction was awarded to CentrePort Wellington for its Concrete Waste Minimisation Project. Faced with a growing volume of material from demolition after the Kaikoura earthquake, CentrePort decided that to recycle and reuse would have financial as well as environmental benefits.

The project involves cleanfill concrete being processed into coarse aggregate and then used in a range of applications. This approach avoids removal and disposal costs, and the sourcing of virgin aggregate. As of August 2018, around 15,600 cubic metres of concrete had been recycled and used on port, eliminating over 4,000 truck movements – a significant environmental ‘win’.

CentrePort Wellington for its Concrete Waste Minimisation Project

Excellence in Residential Concrete Construction was awarded to Aurecon New Zealand and Project Partners for the Frame Apartments in Wellington. Subject to the Capital’s wind and earthquakes, the slender 18-storey apartment building needed to be rigid and resilient. The reinforced concrete, extruded shearwall structure used was the only system that could deliver the key requirements.

The concrete wall system also meant insulation could be applied to the exterior of the building allowing reduced energy demand through concrete’s thermal mass. Overall, the auto-climbing slip formwork system provided benefits in terms of cost, waste minimisation, build efficiency and worker safety, for a project completed on time and on budget. 

Aurecon New Zealand and Project Partners for the Frame Apartments in Wellington

Excellence in Commercial Concrete Construction was won by Allied Concrete and Project Partners for the Structural Lightweight Concrete at the AUT’s Engineering, Technology & Design (ETD) Building. Commercial buildings use around 200 kilowatt hours of energy per square metre, but AUT’s EDT Building aims to use half that using a high performance precast concrete facade.

Structural requirements dictated the use of lightweight concrete to keep the mass of the elements down. The main challenges were achieving a structural strength of 40MPa in lightweight concrete, and matching the finish with surrounding panels. Expanded glass lightweight aggregate made from recycled glass was used to achieve target strength. Special loading and mixing techniques were required, while care was needed during casting to prevent the lightweight aggregate from floating to the panel surface.

Allied Concrete for the Structural Lightweight Concrete at the AUT’s ETD Building in Auckland

Full details on the 2018 Concrete3 Sustainability Awards can be found here.


Studio Pacific Architecture & Beca Group Ltd - Supreme in 2016

The Refurbishment and Extension of 133 Molesworth Street, Wellington

The 2016 Concrete3 Sustainability Award Supreme Award went to Studio Pacific Architecture and Beca Group for the refurbishment and extension of 133 Molesworth Street, Wellington.

The supreme award celebrates concrete’s role in the significant upgrade and extension of one of the world’s first base-isolated buildings with lead-rubber bearings. Known as the William Clayton Building and designed by the Ministry of Works as their Wellington district office and as a Civil Defence hub, it originally opened in 1982. Subsequently it was occupied by the Ministry of Health. The ministry moved back in to the building in late October following completion of the building upgrade and a new interior fitout.

The building extensions have doubled the lettable floor area from approximately 8000 sq m to 16,000 sq m, enabling the ministry to consolidate its entire staff into the one location, leading to significant operational improvements.

A decision was made to upgrade the building for both seismic and wind considerations. This has been achieved by the replacement of 39 of the original 79 lead-rubber bearings, and an increase in the perimeter seismic ‘rattle space’ from 150 mm to 400 mm.

To reduce energy use, it was necessary to minimise afternoon heat gains along the west elevation of the building. To help achieve this, the proven longevity of precast concrete made it a natural choice. The deeply profiled concrete spandrel cladding panels not only act as sunshades, but also considerably modernise the overall look, creating a dynamic ‘gateway building’ alongside Wellington’s motorway into the city.

Despite the radically changed appearance of the building, the owner and design team were committed to re-using as much of the existing building fabric as possible. The design was developed so that all existing main precast cladding panels were able to be re-used – a total of 58 were relocated, with only two new ones required.

On their way to the top prize, Studio Pacific Architecture & Beca Group Ltd also won the Excellence in Commercial Concrete Construction category award.

The Awards are part of the Concrete3 initiative launched in 2007 by CCANZ, and acknowledge projects, products and initiatives which demonstrate excellence in environmental, economic and/or social sustainability for the built environment.

Other Category Winners
The Awards also produced winners in four other categories for projects which excelled in different areas of sustainable concrete construction.

Excellence in Concrete for the Community went to HEB Construction for the Vector Wero Whitewater Park in Auckland, New Zealand’s first purpose-built artificial whitewater facility. The unique concrete-lined pond offers two water courses and provides storage for up to 22 million litres of water, fed from an onsite bore and harvested rainwater. 

HEB Construction for the Vector Wero Whitewater Park in Auckland

Excellence in Civil Concrete Construction was awarded to McConnell Dowell Downer Joint Venture for the Harewood Underpass/Russley Road Upgrade in Christchurch, which at 180m long, including ramps leading to an 80m enclosed section passing under the intersection roundabout, will provide safe passage for pedestrians and cyclists to the growing Christchurch International Airport.

McConnell Dowell Downer Joint Venture for the Harewood Underpass/Russley Road Upgrade in Christchurch

Excellence in Residential Concrete Construction was awarded to Solarei Ltd for Coatesville House in the Rodney District, a 270 sq m four-bedroom family home that includes a series of stacking sawtooth roofs designed to capture every possible bit of sunlight during winter, and naturally exhaust warm air during summer. The result is high energy efficiency and comfortable internal environments all year round. 

Solarei Ltd for Coatesville House in the Rodney District

Full details on the 2016 Concrete3 Sustainability Awards can be found here.


EA Networks Centre wins 2015 Supreme Concrete3 Sustainability Award

EA Networks Centre in Ashburton

Warren and Mahoney Architects has taken home the 2015 Supreme Concrete3 Sustainability Award for the EA Networks Centre in Ashburton, a multi-purpose indoor sports and aquatics complex that reflects the region’s commitment to leisure and community facilities.

The Award, presented at the annual New Zealand Concrete Conference in Rotorua on Friday 09 October, celebrated concrete’s role in realising the Centre’s simple concept of a single linear space - housing stadium at one end and aquatic facilities at the other - to provide a cost-effective and resilient solution, says Cement & Concrete Association (CCANZ) chief executive Rob Gaimster.

The judging panel applauded Warren and Mahoney Architects’ use of concrete to achieve durable permanence, thermal efficiency, an attractive aesthetic as well as space flexibility in this large community facility that serves the wider Mid Canterbury region.

The judges acknowledged the use of locally sourced greywacke aggregate by Ashburton based precast concrete company McIntosh Precast to ensure the building considered social sustainability values, as well as addressing environmentally sustainable design principles.

Concrete's thermal mass is exposed in the entrance foyer as part of an overall passive solar thermal strategy, which also utilises insulated concrete wall panels in the front of house area to help moderate temperature variations. Concrete panels and columns continue through the swimming pool hall to reduce maintenance, while the braided river design cast into the concrete exterior echoes the surrounding landscape to stunning effect.

On its way to the top prize, the Warren and Mahoney team also won the Excellence in Concrete for the Community category award.

The Awards are part of the Concrete3 initiative launched in 2007 by CCANZ, and acknowledge projects, products and initiatives which demonstrate excellence in environmental, economic and/or social sustainability for the built environment.

Other Category Winners
The Awards also produced winners in four other categories for projects which excelled in different areas of sustainable concrete construction.

Excellence in Concrete Innovation went to Allied Concrete for its EPD for ready mixed concrete using Holcim (NZ) Ltd manufactured cement. Allied Concrete applied for an Environmental Product Declaration (or EPD) in 2014 based on analysis of its 2013 production. The EPD covers raw material supply, transport and manufacturing up to the batching plant gate, and enables Allied Concrete to benchmark its environmental performance and examine potential efficiencies.

Allied Concrete's EPD enables benchmarking and efficiencies

Excellence in Civil Concrete Construction was awarded to Wilco Precast for the EcoRetainer. End of life tyres are a major environmental problem with some 5 million sent to landfill every year. To help negate this waste stream Wilco Precast and EcoRetainer Ltd have developed an interlocking precast concrete block with a bale of compressed tyres encapsulated within.

EcoRetainer - Compressed tyres before concrete cover

Excellence in Residential Concrete Construction was awarded to Studio Pacific Architecture for Rawhiti Sleepout in the Bay of Islands. The building set out to incorporate the client’s functional brief and considerations of longevity, visual sensitivity and environmental responsiveness. Concrete was key in achieving these aspirations.

Rawhiti Sleepout in the Bay of Islands

Excellence in Commercial Concrete Construction was won by Nauhria Precast for Carlaw Park Student Village. Consisting of self-contained apartments with communal lounges, study spaces and amenities, the Carlaw Park Student Accommodation Campus, for the University of Auckland, re-invigorates a forgotten area of central Auckland.

Carlaw Student Village in Auckland

Full details on the 2015 Concrete3 Sustainability Awards can be found here.


Hurstmere Green wins 2013 Supreme Concrete3 Sustainability Award

Hurstmere Green has been redeveloped in the heart of Takapuna

Nauhria Precast has won the 2013 Supreme Concrete3 Sustainability Award for its part in the redevelopment of Takapuna’s Hurstmere Green into a contemporary and vibrant public space.

Sills Van Bohemen Architects were responsible for project design, while Kalmar Construction were the contractor.

The Award, presented at the annual New Zealand Concrete Conference in Queenstown on Friday evening, celebrated the rejuvenation of what had become an overgrown and under-utilised park into an attractive and accessible community facility that has helped breathe new life into the surrounding Takapuna shopping area, says Cement & Concrete Association of New Zealand (CCANZ) chief executive Rob Gaimster.

The judging panel applauded the quality of Nauhria Precast’s bespoke precast elements, manufactured using Monarc diamond processing technology, which provide the hard landscaping frame and retaining capability for Hurstmere Green, as well as a range of superbly finished concrete surfaces.

“This project demonstrates a high degree of expertise across all areas. Modern, yet sensitive urban landscape design has been brought to life by astute material selection and outstanding skill during construction. The elegant hard concrete landscaping, and the gentle undulations and organic shapes of the green areas combine with stunning effect to reinvigorate a community facility that proudly embodies the principles of sustainable concrete construction,” judges say.

The manufacturing process for the precast panels paid particular attention to environmentally responsible practices, with all process water recycled along with the slurry from the surface finish refinement process.

Precast, pre-finished elements also allowed for rapid and efficient assembly on-site, while the enhanced durability offered through concrete will ensure longevity and low maintenance throughout an extended service life for this much loved community space.

On its way to the top prize, the Nauhria Precast team was also presented with the Excellence in Concrete for the Community category award.

Other Category Winners
The awards also produced winners in three other categories for projects which excelled in different areas of sustainable concrete construction.

Excellence in Concrete Innovation went to Allied Concrete for its “Weather App”, a smart-phone based forecasting program designed to give concrete placers an indication of weather patterns over a 7-day timeframe, and in turn the potential influence they may have on the placing process.

Allied Concrete's Weather App

Excellence in Residential Concrete Construction was awarded to Christchurch-based Sheppard and Rout Architects for a Poynder Avenue house in Fendalton, a spectacular home based around two large cast in-situ concrete spine walls that give clear expression to the client’s brief for a sense of substance and permanence.

Poynder Avenue House in Christchurch

Excellence in Commercial Concrete Construction was won by Cheshire Architects for Q Theatre, a new performing arts facility in Auckland that utilises concrete to help achieve its sustainability goals through the re-use of a concrete framed building on Queen Street. The effect is to unlock the evocative power of the existing heritage structure, carefully manipulate its configuration and ensure its long-term sustainable use.

 Q Theatre on Auckland's Queen Street

Full details on the 2013 Concrete3 Sustainability Awards can be found here.


Civic Building wins 2012 Supreme Concrete3 Sustainability Award

 

The new Christchurch Civic Building - adaptive reuse of a concrete building

Athfield Architects has taken out the 2012 Supreme Concrete3 Sustainability Award for its extensive refurbishment of the new Christchurch Civic Building on Hereford Street.

The award, presented at the annual New Zealand Concrete Conference in Hamilton on Friday evening, recognised the transformation of what was the New Zealand Post Building into an architectural statement that adds tremendous value to Christchurch, says Cement and Concrete Association of New Zealand (CCANZ) chief executive Rob Gaimster.

The judging panel applauded Athfield Architects for the way in which significant changes were made to the existing concrete building, creating spectacular work and interactive spaces without losing the original architectural and industrial heritage.

“This is a truly outstanding example of adaptive reuse, one which demonstrates the flexibility of concrete as a sustainable construction material. It continues the emerging trend in New Zealand of optimising resources and enhancing the built environment through the innovative refurbishment of our existing concrete building stock,” judges say.

The design reconfigured the building’s existing service and transportation cores, and added mezzanines to the main office levels. The existing precast concrete cladding panels from the southern facade were removed, reworked and reused on the northern side to create a completely new extension with double skin facade, and circulation stair and winter gardens behind.

Despite the significant changes, the design retains and celebrates the building’s original Brutalist style. “The new construction materials read deliberately as distinct insertions, to set up a contrast between old and new, providing visual interest and complexity.”

The Christchurch Civic Building is the first to receive a 6 Green Star Office Design rating, further testament to the project’s successful outcome.

On their way to the top prize, the Athfield Architects team were also presented with the Excellence in Commercial Concrete Construction.

Other Category Winners
The awards also produced winners in four other categories for projects which excelled in different areas of sustainable concrete construction.

Excellence in Concrete for the Community went to Tennent + Brown Architects for Nga Purapura in Otaki. Te Wananga-O-Raukawa, a Maori tertiary institution, required a building to fulfil its vision for courses focused on improving physical well-being for Maori.

Nga Purapura in Otaki

Excellence in Concrete Innovation was awarded to Allied Concrete Limited for its Recycled Glass Sand Initiative. The company has converted three of its plants to be able to use crushed glass as a sand replacement in a selection of lower strength concrete mixes.

Allied Concrete's Recycled Glass Sand Initiative

Excellence in Civil Concrete Construction was won by Fulton Hogan Limited for the Huntsbury Reservoir in Christchurch. Following the February 2011 earthquake, which severely damaged the reservoir and resulted in the total loss of stored water from the 35,000m3 structure, the reinstatement of as much water storage as feasible was urgently required.

Huntsbury Reservoir in Christchurch

Excellence in Residential Concrete Construction was awarded to Ponsonby architecture company Matter for a premier residential property on a picturesque but steep site in Point Chevalier, Auckland.

Matter's Premier residence in Pt. Chevalier in Auckland

Full details on the 2012 Concrete3 Sustainability Awards can be found here.


21 Queen Street wins 2011 Supreme Concrete3 Sustainability Award

 

21 Queen Street, Auckland. A benchmark for adaptive reuse

Peddle Thorp Architects has won the 2011 Supreme Concrete³ Sustainability Award for its work revitalising the multi-storey office building at 21 Queen Street, Auckland, preserving its concrete frame and core while creating vibrant and thoroughly modern spaces both inside and out.

The award, presented at the ninth International Symposium on High Performance Concrete Design in Rotorua, recognised the ‘reuse – reduce’ strategies adopted by the project principals, which enabled the building’s life cycle to be significantly increased, the embodied energy of its concrete elements to be saved, and the emissions associated with alternative demolition and new build scenarios prevented – all key to achieving environmental sustainability in construction.

Stripping the site’s 14 level 1970’s concrete structural frame of its cladding and fit-out, to form the heart of a refurbished and modern building also underpinned the project’s commercial viability, as well as breathing new life into the urban environment around Queen Elizabeth Square.

Announced in Rotorua on Wednesday 10 August, the Awards, part of the Concrete³ initiative launched in 2007 by the Cement and Concrete Association of New Zealand (CCANZ), acknowledge projects, products and initiatives which demonstrate excellence in environmental, economic and/or social sustainability for the built environment.

On their way to the top prize, the team behind 21 Queen Street also received the Excellence in Commercial Concrete Construction award.

CCANZ chief executive Rob Gaimster said that through the reuse of a concrete frame building the project met all the economic, social and environmental imperatives of sustainable development, elevating it above a host of outstanding entries in 2011.

“This example of adaptive reuse will quickly become the New Zealand benchmark for what can be achieved in terms of optimum resource management, (embodied) energy efficiency and design potential, through the imaginative redevelopment of our concrete structures.” 

Other Category Winners
The awards also produced winners in four other categories, for projects which excelled in different areas of sustainable concrete construction.

Excellence in Concrete Innovation went to engineering firm Structex for the Southern Cross Hospital’s Endoscopy Building in Christchurch, which for the first time in New Zealand utilised post-tensioned concrete PRESSS (PREcast Seismic Structural Systems) technology with U-Shape Flexural Plates. 

Southern Cross Hospital’s Endoscopy Building in Christchurch

Excellence in Residential Concrete Construction was awarded to Daniel Marshall Architects for Elmstone House in Auckland, a contemporary home which makes use of precast concrete over three floors to optimise a steep site and offer comfortable, energy efficient and low maintenance family living.

Elmstone House in Auckland

Excellence in Concrete for the Community was won by Golden Bay Cement which is progressively replacing imported fossil fuels with locally sourced renewable alternatives, such as wood biofuel, to help reduce landfill waste as well as carbon dioxide emissions during cement manufacture.

Golden Bay Cement's biofuel stock-pile

Excellence in Civil Concrete Construction was awarded to Downer New Zealand for the DART 9 rail link station in Manukau. Constructed under the Leighton Works partnership, this below ground facility, built entirely of concrete, used advanced secant pile technology and specialised concrete mix designs to realise a vital piece of infrastructure for the wider Auckland community.

DART 9 rail link station in Manukau

Full details on the 2011 Concrete3 Sustainability Awards can be found here.


Concrete3 Sustainability Awards Showcased

To celebrate the opening of entries for the 2011 Concrete3 Sustainability Awards a brochure outlining the projects, products and initiatives honoured over the past 3-years has been produced.

By offering those involved in building New Zealand’s future a chance to have their achievements recognised and to draw inspiration from others, the Awards help to share knowledge and experience, as well as ensure the construction industry continues to operate in the most sustainable manner possible. Download [pdf 2.6MB]


2010 Concrete3 Sustainability Award Winner Announced

A special concrete mix designed by Fletcher Construction as part of the Tauranga Harbour Link has won the 2010 Supreme Concrete³ Sustainability Award, presented at the New Zealand Concrete Conference.  

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The New Harbour Bridge - Tauranga Harbour Link

Designated “Mix M”, the resulting concrete is designed to survive 100 years in harsh marine conditions, and was employed extensively in Stage 2 of the Harbour Link project to form beams used in the off-ramps, bridges and land spans. 

Mix M achieved top honours in concrete sustainability for its specially blended and extensively trialled mix of Golden Bay cement, fly ash (a waste product from coal burnt at Huntly Power Station), and microsilica 600, which enabled demanding durability, high early strength, and high workability requirements to be met.

The use of fly ash and microsilica resulted in a significant reduction in cement requirements and a corresponding reduction in the carbon footprint of the concrete beams.

Announced in Wellington last Thursday (October 7) the awards, part of the Concrete3 initiative launched in 2007 by the Cement and Concrete Association of New Zealand (CCANZ), acknowledge projects, products and initiatives which demonstrate excellence in environmental, economic and/or social sustainability for the built environment.

On their way to the top prize, the team behind Mix M also received the Excellence in Civil Concrete Construction award.

CCANZ chief executive Rob Gaimster said Mix M was a significant step forward in concrete mix design and durability modelling, one which combined enhanced environmental credentials with superior performance.

“Not only was the mix design sophisticated in optimising cement replacement, but by sourcing its fly ash from within New Zealand, and using microsilica slurry rather than more energy intensive powder, Mix M scored additional sustainability marks.”

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Graham Frost (Chief Engineer) and Paul Gurran (Quality and Systems Manager) both with The Fletcher Construction Company Ltd, and Rob Gaimster, CCANZ CEO

Other Category Winners
The awards also produced winners in four other categories, for projects which excelled in different areas of sustainable concrete construction.

Excellence in Concrete for the Community was won by Dunning Thornton Consultants for moving Auckland’s Rob Roy (Birdcage) Hotel; a technically challenging project which used a precisely levelled concrete beam runway to relocate a heritage icon for future generations to enjoy.

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The historic Rob Roy (Birdcage) Hotel 

Excellence in Concrete Innovation went to Mainzeal Property and Construction Limited for the Alan MacDiarmid Building at Victoria University in Wellington, which for the first time in a New Zealand multi-storey building employed the PRESS system, a new technology in seismic and component-based concrete construction.

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Alan MacDiarmid Building, Victoria University of Wellington 

Excellence in Residential Concrete Construction was jointly awarded to Powered Living (North Island) and Buck + Associates, Architects for two stylish and modern residential properties that offer energy efficient, healthy and comfortable living environments by utilising concrete’s mass as part of a passive solar design. 

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Powered Living (North Island), Residential House, Waikato

Buck + Associates, Architects, Teear House, Christchurch

Excellence in Commercial Concrete Construction was awarded to Dunning Thornton Consultants for The Customhouse at CentrePort, Wellington's newest five-star Greenstar building, in which concrete helped create an open and flexible office space, with reduced operational energy demands.

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The Customhouse at CentrePort, Wellington 



2009 Concrete3 Sustainability Award Winner Announced

The Northern Gateway Toll Road, a $360 million extension of State Highway One from Orewa to Puhoi, has taken out the supreme 2009 Supreme Concrete3 Sustainability Award.

The 7.5km four-lane highway was completed by the Northern Gateway Alliance and is the New Zealand Transport Agency’s largest ever capital project.

The Northern Gateway Toll Road

Amongst numerous other features the project achieved top honours in concrete sustainability for the concrete lining in the road’s twin tunnels, which made extensive use of polypropylene fibres for fire resistance, and its bridge structures which used timesaving match-cast technology for the first time in New Zealand.

The award, which is part of the Concrete3 initiative launched in 2007 by the Cement and Concrete Association of New Zealand (CCANZ), acknowledges companies whose product, programme or initiative demonstrates excellence in environmental, economic and social sustainability.

CCANZ chief executive Rob Gaimster says the Northern Gateway Toll Road is a truly significant project and the Alliance behind it demonstrated a genuine commitment to large scale sustainable construction.

“All aspects of this project, from design through to operation, have considered ways in which to contribute to New Zealand’s sustainable development. The project’s use of concrete for its sustainable properties, in particular durability and fire resistance, is outstanding.” Rob says.

 

Noel Nancekivell, Principal Civil Engineer, URS NZ Ltd receives the 2009 Concrete3 Sustainability Award from Rob Gaimster, CCANZ CEO

Three commendations were also announced for projects that excelled in differing areas of sustainable concrete construction.

Excellence in Concrete Innovation was awarded to Allied Concrete Limited for its use of recycled crushed concrete in ready mixed concrete production for the Wellington Zoo Hospital Complex.

Excellence in Residential Concrete Construction was awarded to Cranko Architects Limited for Sustainable House, a stylish private dwelling which took advantage of concrete’s thermal mass for energy efficiency, and its low maintenance features.

Excellence in Commercial Concrete Construction was awarded to Studio Pacific Architecture for Site 7: Meridian Building, New Zealand's first 5 Green Star building, which used concrete as an integral structural material.


Concrete for a Sustainable World - short film

Wishing to take its message “to the next level”, Concrete3 has chosen the power and versatility of film to engage with a wider and more diverse audience.

The short film - Concrete for a Sustainable World - highlights innovations and efficiencies in concrete’s manufacture, along with its inherent attributes in a range of applications, to create an emotional response within each viewer that motivates a more balanced understanding of concrete’s contribution to a sustainable built environment.

Fronted by Samantha Jukes, the film has been divided into five sections for easy online viewing.  Each section is accessible via its link in the menu to the screen's left.

We hope you enjoy watching Concrete for a Sustainable World.

Samantha Jukes - explores sustainable concrete building solutions


Research Demonstrates Importance of Cement & Concrete to NZ Economy

Research into the importance of the cement and concrete industry to New Zealand’s economy has found it contributes nearly $3 billion towards GDP.

A New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER) report shows that for the year ending March 2006, the value of the industry’s output was $7.4 billion.  This activity supported 24,000 jobs and created a value add of $2.8 billion – about 2% of New Zealand’s GDP.

The report was commissioned by the Cement & Concrete Association of New Zealand (CCANZ).  CCANZ chief executive Patrick McGuire said the research illustrates just how significant the cement and concrete industry is to the nation’s economy.

“A primary aim for us is to ensure that cement and concrete are truly sustainable – environmentally, socially and economically.  The NZIER research proves the industry is more than meeting the economic part of this objective,” Mr McGuire said.

Find out more about the NZIER report - Cement & Concrete Production: Economic Impact Assessment


Brewery Project Takes Out First Ever Cement & Concrete Industry Sustainability Award

A unique building project using considerable quantities of recycled waste glass won the inaugural 2008 Concrete3 Sustainability Award in Rotorua on the evening of Friday 3 October.

Recycled glass as aggregate for use in concrete

Project Century, a brewery currently under construction in South Auckland, is a joint development by Holcim (New Zealand) Ltd and Mainzeal Property & Construction Ltd for Lion Nathan. The project will use recycled waste glass as aggregate in the building’s concrete structures, and is due to open in 2010.

Left to right: Jeremy Smith (Managing Director, Holcim), Patrick McGuire (Chief Executive Officer, CCANZ), Ross Copland (Project Engineer, Mainzeal), Steve Jackson (Regional Sales Manager, Holcim)

The award, which is part of the Concrete3 initiative launched last year by the Cement and Concrete Association of New Zealand (CCANZ), acknowledges companies whose product, programme or initiative demonstrates excellence in environmental, economic and societal sustainability.

The runner-up in the Concrete3 Sustainability Award was Wilco Precast Ltd, for Sinclair House in Whitianga – an energy-efficient holiday home understood to be the first house in New Zealand built entirely from lightweight precast pumice concrete.

Patrick McGuire (Chief Executive Officer, CCANZ)with Andrew Sinclair (General Manager, Wilco Precast Ltd)

Under construction - Wilco Precast Ltd's Sinclair House in Whitianga


Concrete3 Booklet Targets Consumer

A Concrete3 promotional booklet designed to market the benefits of using concrete in residential properties has recently been distributed in two New Zealand lifestyle magazines.

The booklet, Concrete: Comfort | Style | Strength aims to showcase the concrete features of New Zealand's finest new houses.

The 8-page glossy booklet uses stunning imagery and carefully crafted text to emphasise concrete's thermal efficiency (comfort), aesthetic potential (style) and durability (strength).

Each of these properties is illustrated through the use of various category entrants from the annual Registered Master Builders Federation (RMBF) House of the Year competition.

The booklet appeared as an insert in the Aug/Sep issue of Home magazine and the September issue of Your Home and Garden magazine, both widely circulated publications.

To receive a collection of hardcopies email admin@ccanz.org.nz


Concrete3 Advertising Campaign Expanded 

 

 

 

 

 

Safer Roads

Recyclability

The Concrete3 series of print advertisements has been expanded to include the sustainable attributes of concrete above.



Concrete3 - Takes it to the Streets

As part of the Concrete3 advertising campaign this particular billboard in Penrose, South Auckland was erected to highlight the inherent fire resistance of concrete structures.


Concrete3 Advertising Campaign Launched

 

 

 

 

 

Flood Protection

Thermal Mass

Using the proposition "Concrete - The Responsible Choice", a series of print advertisements demonstrating the sustainable properties of concrete began appearing in selected national trade publications in February 2008.

The two samples above will soon be accompanied by advertisements that demonstrate concrete’s recyclability and contribution to safer roads.


CCANZ Wins 2007 Best Conference Paper Award

Cement & Concrete Association of New Zealand (CCANZ) project manager Rob Gaimster was presented with the New Zealand Concrete Society’s Sandy Cormack Award at the 2007 New Zealand Concrete Industry Annual Conference, which was held recently at the Bayview Wairakei Resort in Taupo.

Rob was judged to have prepared and presented the most original and innovative paper on the development of the knowledge and use of concrete at the conference.

Chris Munn of Allied Concrete, who is a former CCANZ project manager, was also presented with the award.

Download a copy of the paper - The Role of Concrete in Sustainable Development


Sustainability Initiative Launched - Concrete3 

Hon Clayton Cosgrove, Minister for Building and Construction, recently launched Concrete3, an initiative to raise awareness of the sustainable qualities of concrete.

Spearheaded by the Cement and Concrete Association of New Zealand (CCANZ), the initiative endorses concrete's contribution to New Zealand's sustainable development across all areas of economic, social and environmental endeavour.

Concrete3 aims to assist architects, engineers, policy makers, contractors and clients, as well as others involved with the design, construction and operation of buildings and infrastructure to make more informed choices.

Patrick McGuire (CCANZ CEO) with Hon Clayton Cosgrove, Minister for Building and Construction at the Concrete3 launch, Te Papa, Wellington

To download a copy of the Concrete3 booklet click here

To view the Concrete3 media release click here