Sustainable business practices

Adbri Masonry  Australia’s masonry manufacturer and a wholly owned subsidiary of Adelaide Brighton Ltd, an S&P/ASX 100 company. Adbri Masonry adheres to Adelaide Brighton’s sustainability policy which is based on the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s Cement Sustainability Initiative (WBCSD CSI). This policy outlines the strategies, actions and measures the Company is applying to:

  • Reduce energy consumption and emissions
  • Conserve resources
  • Achieve cleaner production
  • Produce increasingly sustainable products
  • Engage with the community on environmental issues
  • Ensure the health and safety of its own people and the wider community.

Sustainable building products

Adbri Masonry produces a collection of environmentally sustainable concrete building products. These products, including light weight bricks and blocks, utilise alternative materials to conserve natural resources, reduce emissions and energy footprints as well as increase the beneficial reuse of waste materials.

Benefits from incorporating post-industrial and post–consumer recycled materials in our concrete bricks and blocks include:

  • Reduced landfill
  • Reducing the resources and energy required to source new materials
  • Conserving natural aggregates
  • Reducing total Portland cement usage across the Adbri Masonry business

Cement substitutes

Supplementary Cementitious Materials (SCM), including post-industrial recycled content such as granulated blast furnace slags, fly ash, and blended cements have been used as a substitute for ordinary Portland cement in concrete masonry. 

In the past three years, Adbri Masonry has achieved substitution rates of up to 60% in some product ranges and is continually striving to integrate these efficiencies to all products produced.

Natural aggregate substitutes

Adbri Masonry’s controlled production process allow the use alternative aggregates such as post-industrial bi-products, including furnace bottom ash and crusher fines to be introduced as a significant part of our masonry production. 

Recycled concrete products

Many of Adbri Masonry’s manufacturing plants have systems that recycle the waste created in the production process, by re-introducing it back into the incoming material stream. 

With a life span often longer than that of their original project application, concrete segmental pavers are able to be pulled up and re-used in other projects. However if it is deemed that any concrete masonry is no longer suitable for reuse, masonry can also be recycled further through a crushing process creating an effective aggregate able to be utilised as road or sub base material.

Permeable paving

Adbri Masonry’s range of Ecopave® permeable pavers assist in allowing water to filtrate through pavement surface layers, minimising stormwater run off, downstream flooding and pollution problems, with the added benefit of reducing the need for costly underground retention systems.

As seen in projects including Sydney’s Olympic Park, which utilised Eco-Trihex® in a range of colours, permeable pavers are a practical and effective solution to water management issues in Australia.

Environmental Management

Adbri Masonry take our obligations in the management of the Environment seriously. As a result we have processes in place to ensure our activities are conducted in compliance with any licensing or legal requirements. However, if a member of the community would like to make a complaint about one of our sites please either come to the site to discuss in person or call 1300 230 633 during office hours (7.30am – 5pm). You can leave a message outside of those hours and we will contact you to discuss the following day.

The below links detail the relevant Pollution Incident Response Management Plans that are in place at both our Nowra and Moorebank sites.

View the Moorebank Pollution Incident Response Management Plan 

View the Nowra Pollution Incident Response Management Plan