50 years of building in Eastern Canada
Some might say it takes a village to raise a child. Others might say that to build that village, you need cement.
Over the past 50 years, Lafarge has given both cement and community services to the Village of Brookfield, Nova Scotia.
Over 100 stakeholders gathered at the Brookfield Cement Plant in Brookfield, Nova Scotia for its 50th anniversary on October 6. The Canadian Cement Company began production at the $25 million, single-kiln plant in 1965 after surveying 27 sites to fill the gap in Atlantic cement production.
The tiny town with a population of just over 2,000, a few public schools, two churches, and one bakery was chosen—giving community members work close to home.
Despite the size of the town, Lafarge’s footprint on Atlantic Canada spreads far and wide—supplying cement for half of the houses, bridges and hospitals in Nova Scotia—not to mention the 250,000 tonnes of cement it provided to build the entire Confederation Bridge.
This footprint, however, is still a sustainable one, as Brookfield uses recycled materials such as waste oil, shingles and plastics to fuel more than 20 per cent of the energy needed to produce its cement. This means that over the past five years, it’s kept 25 000 tonnes of shingles out of Nova Scotian landfills.
The Brookfield plant also received the 2013 RRFB Nova Scotia (Resource Recovery Fund Board Inc.) Mobius Award of Environmental Excellence for preventing the emission of 18, 000 tonnes of carbon dioxide in one year along with its recycling efforts.
The plant has also reduced its environmental footprint by 25 per cent since opening, producing the CO2-friendly blended cement MaxCem®. This makes cement—which is the most widely used man-made material—have that much less of a negative impact on the environment. The blended cement can also be used to achieve LEED points in building projects.
On top of a sustainable environment, Lafarge has also worked together with Ducks Unlimited Canada to preserve the area’s wetlands and provide 1.6 kilometres of walking trails for the community, among other charitable endeavors.
Check out Lafarge Eastern Canada’s video on Brookfield’s 50th Anniversary.