• Lafarge develops special cement for Yolanda housing projects

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    A leading cement manufacturer has developed a special kind of cement for the construction of housing units for Super Typhoon Yolanda survivors.

    Lafarge Republic Inc. (LRI) recently partnered with Global Business Power Corporation (GBPC), a leading independent power provider in the Visayas region, to create “Kapit-Balay” under its Total Ash Management Partnership.

    This special cement uses fly ash from GBPC—a byproduct of the power generation facility—to replace the Portland cement content of concrete. Portland cement is the most common type of cement used throughout the world.

    Under this collaboration, fly ash or the ash produced during combustion is recycled to replace Portland cement in concrete production.

    The high-performance cement is less expensive, stronger. Smoother, and less likely to crack, reducing the total cost of rehabilitation projects.

    Don Lee, president of Lafarge Holdings Inc., said the new cement will be sold directly to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) such as Habitat for Humanity and Gawad Kalinga, interested local government units, and the National Housing Authority (NHA).

    He added that the special cement will not be commercially introduced in the market since it was developed primarily to help lower the costs of rehabilitation projects in areas badly hit by Yolanda.

    LRI President Renato Sunico said this will aid them in their efforts to “build back better” the permanent individual and mass housing units necessary to normalize the lives of Yolanda survivors.

    “With Lafarge innovation and sustainability at the core of Kapit-Balay cement, we are proud to see this product used in constructing homes and other structures for the hundreds of families displaced by the recent calamities,” he said.

    GBPC Chairman Francisco Sebastian said the company “has always fulfilled its obligation to ensure the community’s health, safety, security and development.”

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