New York concrete masonry manufacturer Superior Block Corporation has announced that it will be using Halifax’s CarbonCure technology to help reduce carbon emissions for its customers in the New York area.
“Superior Block has always proudly introduced sustainable concepts into its products and manufacturing processes,” says Connie Cincotta, President of Superior Block. “For example, we’ve been offering products made with a high percentage of recycled waste material and supplementary cementitious material for years. Now, with the addition of CarbonCure, we are immensely proud to introduce captured carbon dioxide gas into our mix and reduce the carbon footprint of our concrete masonry products.”
For New York companies, finding ways to reduce carbon emissions is a way of meeting New York City’s environmental targets, outlined in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s April 2015 One New York: The Plan for a Strong and Just City.
The mayor’s plan has the goal of reducing carbon emissions by 80% below 2005 levels by 2050.
CarbonCure’s technology uses carbon dioxide gas captured from industry, from smokestacks or industrial emissions, and then chemically converts it into mineral form at which point it is permanently stored inside the concrete, with the added side effect that it reinforces the material.
The addition of CarbonCure’s technology to Superior Block provides a new level of accessibility for the company and an important weapon for architects and construction companies who are seeing a spike in demand for sustainable building practices.
“I’m excited by the announcement of Superior Block’s partnership with CarbonCure,” says Aaron Pine, Principal at Construction Specifications Inc., a specification consultant to many of New York’s leading architectural firms. “Our clients value sustainability, and with the addition of Superior Block enabling competitive bidding on CarbonCure products, I feel more comfortable incorporating CarbonCure into my client’s concrete masonry unit specifications.”
CarbonCure has been relatively modest with its fundraising efforts, aiming instead at taking enough to put it on a path to profitability.
The company raised a seed round of $1.6 million led by Innovacorp in early 2012, followed by a $3.5 million round led by BDC Ventures in December 2013, and finally a $3 million round led by Pangea Ventures in May 2015.