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Polished Concrete Floors "Lowest embodied Carbon (CO2) footprint for a finished floor"

Introduction to polished concrete.

I hope that this fulfills all of your requirements.

I have noted below some constructed statements, as well as those already listed within both our brochure and within Lafarge website listings. Although it would have to be said that the new concrete application, Artevia polished as attached, basis its environmental approach as being sustainable as appose to its production being pure environmentally friendly, having researched this somewhat it is comparable to most other floor finish and floor constructed products, more over in most cases concrete is used anyway just hidden by an applied surface, so the grinding and polishing of such surfaces stands good grounds for consideration.

Polishing existing concrete.

The process itself consists of simply grinding the paste coat laitance from the surface of the concrete floor, to remove any undulations and expose the natural beauty and colours of the aggregate that until now has been hidden below the surface.

A densifier/cure is applied and left overnight to soak into your floor ready for the final stages.

Our polished concrete technicians will now commence with what we think is the truly sparkling phase of the process, with the use of HTC’s brochure attached, patented, diamond / resin bonded polishing segments which can give your floor a whole range of stunning and practical finishes.

Polished concrete designs brochure attached.


Our system enjoys one of the lowest embodied carbon (CO2) footprints available for a finished floor and we are currently undergoing evaluation in our aim to further reduce our carbon rating.

Top Trumps you win. If you focus on one issue and ignore all the other issues you will always find a characteristic that is better than others.   

Look at any traditional floor covering and something as small as a single kilo of self leveling epoxy uses 50 kWh/m2 of energy just to produce.

Top Trumps you win. Choose the worst to compare yours with. 

We also actively promote the use of alternative compounds to cement in concrete (PFA, Pulverised Fuel Ash, Fly Ash and GGBS) which can produce a reduction in CO2 by up to 48% and are happy to advise on alternative mixes.
Top Trumps you win, Throw in some polluting materials, ignore the pollutants and focus on the CO2
Top Trumps you win, add GGBS and ignore the CO2 of steel making. 

Research & Innovation

Lafarge R&D teams work to develop environmentally friendly products in order to:

Artevia brochure attached.

I know that Lafarge circulate a lot of material in this area, but if you choose to get a direct opinion and associated information.

Final attachments. A group of images representing some examples of finished work. 

Please call me if you think I can help with details to re-edit the above into something that the CFJ magazine can use.

Needs a lot of work

Assuring you of our best attention at all time.

Polished Concrete Designs Ltd. Unit 12, Blue Chalet Industrial Park
London Road, West Kingsdown, Kent, TN15 6BQ

T          01474 854 500            F          01474 854 600
Contact: John Barry I.Eng
M         07739 711445

Lafarge Research and Development.
Contact: Emma Hines
M 07803 953935.

GreenSpec look at all aspects of an element and don't just consider low carbon footprint at the expense of functional performance and user requirements.

Polished Concrete Floors

When asked to give an opinion on the merits or otherwise of a polished concrete floor finish BrianSpecMan wrote:

If you expose the concrete and show it off:





Other impacts:

Life Cycle Assessments:


on the subject of fly ash I wrote the following last year:

"Coal Fly Ash Class C has worked well as an infill material for the Shaw EcoWorx carpet and carpet tile backing system.  This is a bi product of coal combustion at electrical generating plants and is derived from particles captured from the flu gasses in electrostatic precipitators.  Around 40% of recovered fly ash has been recycled to supplement Portland Cement in concrete production and has thus produced major savings in energy and CO2 emissions.  Fly Ash C is not considered or treated under regulation as a hazardous waste stream, although it contains trace concentrations of heavy metals and other substances that are known to be detrimental to health in sufficient quantities. Potentially toxic trace elements in coal include arsenic, beryllium, cadmium, barium, chromium, copper, lead, mercury molybdenum, nickel, radium, selenium, thorium, vanadium, and zinc.  Although no regulatory controls have been implemented there have been a number of concerns expressed by environmental groups regarding the potential for damage to human health and the environment from the processing, handling and storage of this material

In December 2008 the collapse of an embankment at an impoundment for wet storage of fly ash at the Tennessee Valley Authority's Kingston Fossil Plant resulted in a major release of 5.4 millon cubic yards of coal fly ash, damaging 3 homes and flowing into the Emory River. Cleanup costs may exceed $1.2 billion. This spill was followed a few weeks later by a smaller TVA-plant spill in Alabama, which contaminated Widows Creek and the Tennessee River. These events caused Shaw to review its use of the Coal Fly Ash C material and to seek a suitable alternative."

Alan Best 2012

See TRASHED FILM All Furnace ash is polluting, Fly ash is much worse than bottom ash. 

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