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Brewery Project Takes Out Sustainability Award


Brewery Project Takes Out First Ever Cement And Concrete Industry Sustainability Award

A unique building project using considerable quantities of recycled waste glass won the inaugural 2008 Concrete3 Sustainability Award in Rotorua tonight.

Project Century, a brewery currently under construction in South Auckland, is a joint development by Holcim (New Zealand) Ltd and Mainzeal Property & Construction Ltd for Lion Nathan. The project will use recycled waste glass as aggregate in the building’s concrete structures, and is due to open in 2010.

The award, which is part of the Concrete3 initiative launched last year by the Cement and Concrete Association of New Zealand (CCANZ), acknowledges companies whose product, programme or initiative demonstrates excellence in environmental, economic and societal sustainability.

CCANZ chief executive Patrick McGuire said Project Century was chosen as the winner as it addressed two significant environmental issues – the ever increasing recycled glass stockpiles in New Zealand, and the shortage of locally produced aggregates for construction in Auckland.

“Through Project Century, Holcim and Mainzeal have demonstrated dedication and commitment to developing sustainable concrete solutions.

“It’s fantastic that this innovative project has been recognised and celebrated with the Concrete3 Sustainability Award. Holcim and Mainzeal’s success, and the quality of all of the entries, showcases concrete’s significant role in achieving a sustainable built environment for New Zealand.”

The runner-up in the Concrete3 Sustainability Award was Wilco Precast Ltd, for Sinclair House in Whitianga – an energy-efficient holiday home understood to be the first house in New Zealand built entirely from lightweight precast pumice concrete.

For more information about the award, go to


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