Carmeuse develop tech for eco-smart and quality buildings from lime
Carmeuse Lime Product Ghana Limited, has engineered an innovative technology to cut down material cost in the building construction industry, with the usage of lime, laterite and pozzolana. Proven by an extensive research, the company, has developed high quality and environmentally friendlier lime bricks, made from lime, laterite and pozzolana [which are extracted locally in Sekondi and Kumasi respectively], for building construction.
An exceptional feature to this lime bricks, is the ability to regulate moisture and temperature, as compared to any other building material.
To back these claims, the company has built from their product [lime bricks], an ultra-modern social complex for its workers at the company’s premises.
Board Chair for Carmeuse Lime Product Ghana Ltd., Mr.
at the commissioning of the facility on Friday 10 January, 2020, explained that the investment in the complex was motivated by a ‘people and environment centered’ approach, which has been primed into their operations since its inception.
He explained that the company has had to employ strategies and technologies to respond positively to climate change.
Adding to this perspective, the General Manager for the company, Mr. James K. Dadzie scored that the company has been environmentally responsive in its operations and thus proven to its commitment with this building technology.
“The effect of global warming is calling for the need to work towards reducing Co2 emission globally and to go green. This is among the reasons, Carmeuse explored the appropriateness of lime in building construction in Ghana” he noted.
Mr. Gery Despret, Architect and Consultant for the project, justified that the thermo cooling effect of the lime bricks translates into some huge energy savings for occupiers of lime brick buildings.
“…it creates much cooler buildings which will need much less air conditioning, if needed. And so it will result into an economy in terms of electricity consumption, and money” he said.
Chief Executive Officer for the Ghana Chamber of Mines, Sulemanu Koney commended the company for being innovative in supporting government’s drive towards value addition, and bridging the housing deficit in the country.
“Carmeuse growth strategy is in line with the country’s desire not only to harness local building material to reduce its housing deficit but also add value to its minerals” Mr Koney mentioned.
He implored the company to explore collaborations with other sector-institutions as the Building and Road Research Institute of CSIR, the Ghana Green Building Council, Architects Registration Council of Ghana, the Ghana Institution of Engineering, to enhance their product development.
In addition to this, Mr Koney suggested the company consider, as a matter of creating awareness and increasing patronage of the product, participate in appropriate fairs and exhibitions in Ghana, Africa and the world at large.