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Nature based solutions

Durable, low carbon precast structures & sustainable construction materials

Why are they important?

One of the key things we can do to lower our carbon footprint is taking a smarter approach to designing structures – using less cement and natural resources to reduce their embodied carbon.
Nature based solutions add value to this process by removing more CO2 from the atmosphere. This helps to protect, manage and restore ecosystems.
Our main focus is to provide land-based solutions that make local environments greener.

Bringing structures to life with nature

By increasing the amount of nature in urban environments, we can improve biodiversity and offset the carbon footprint within these areas.
We’re currently working on projects involving ‘living’ walls, also known as ‘green’ walls. These are vertical structures covered by greenery – they can be retrofitted to structures or added to existing precast products. 
Living walls

What are the benefits?

Implementing nature based solutions brings several benefits on different scales:

Urban

Enhances biodiversity among structures, reduces air pollution and provides greater aesthetic appeal.

Building

Reduces noise pollution and heat energy of structures.

Health

Improves the psychological and physical well-being of residents living in these environments.

Nature based solutions are only part of the story

Lowering the amount of carbon in a concrete product or structure is a step in the right direction, but we can still do more to tackle the effects of climate change.

If we look at other nature based solutions, we can add more value to concrete products. 

Self-healing

Reduces the amount of steel reinforcement needed and increases the lifespan of structures by 30%

Eco-concrete

Adds an extra layer of protection to concrete structures in marine and corrosive environments

Low carbon

Uses less steel and cement, reducing embodied carbon of structures by 50%

Biomimicry

Imitates nature's designs to allow concrete to be less intrusive in marine environments

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the types of nature based solutions?

Nature based solutions can be: 

  1. Land-based – green and living walls for urban environments 
  2. Water-based – biomimetic structures for marine environments, sea walls to protect coastal ecosystems from erosion 
What do nature based solutions do?

Nature based solutions:

  • Make concrete less intrusive
  • Encourage marine habitats and coastal ecosystems 
  • Increase biodiversity around concrete structures
  • Offset carbon emission of structures with natural growth
  • Create resilient, low carbon concrete structures with increased design life
  • Lower the risk of environmental degradation in protected areas 
What are nature based solutions to flooding?

Along coastlines, nature based solutions can enhance the resilience of structures to protect against flooding and rises in sea levels. Restoring and conserving breakwaters, groynes and sea walls can help dissipate wave energy, acting as a first line of defence to protect coastal environments. 

 

What are nature based solutions to climate change?

Nature based solutions can be considered ‘natural climate solutions’ in their ability to conserve, restore and help better manage ecosystems to remove CO2 from the atmosphere.  

This could involve planting new forests, better forest management, as well as conserving and restoring coastal wetlands e.g. mangroves. 

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