Sustainable business practices
Adbri Masonry Australia’s masonry manufacturer and a wholly owned subsidiary of Adelaide Brighton Ltd, an S&P/ASX 200 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
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.
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.
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.