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.
What are the benefits?
Implementing nature based solutions brings several benefits on different scales:
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the types of nature based solutions?
Nature based solutions can be:
- Land-based – green and living walls for urban environments
- 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.