BASF improves concrete characteristics with life cycle analyzer

BASF improves concrete characteristics with life cycle analyzer

6:43 AM, 11th April 2012
BASF improves concrete characteristics with life cycle analyzer

LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY: With the newly developed ‘life cycle analyzer’ BASF helps to improve concrete characteristics. The special software offers solutions in major concrete improvement areas like process efficiency, energy reduction, material optimization, and enhanced quality specifications for manufacturers and users of concrete. The analysis covers the entire life cycle of concrete in all its different types of production, such as ready-mix and prefabrication. This new method has been specially tailored for the European market.

The BASF ‘life cycle analyzer’ assesses the environmental profile of concrete based on selected indicators, such as global warming potential, primary energy demand or acidification potential. In addition, it evaluates the cost impact, in order to determine the eco-efficiency. The parameterized model is based on the European Standard EN 15804. The tool allows quick calculation of the environmental and cost impact of different concrete mix-designs, allowing direct comparison of different scenarios.

“With this very versatile tool, we can even better support developers, architects, engineers and concrete suppliers when it comes to technical and economic performance as well as environmental impact in their projects. Data availability has been recognized as one of the discouraging factors for sustainable construction. The new life cycle analyzer is contributing to filling this gap and accelerates the development of sustainable solutions in concrete for our customers,” said Dr Michael Fischer, Regional Business Segment Manager, Admixture Systems, BASF.

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