At the grand opening of the Jess S. Jackson Sustainable Winery (JSWB) at the University of California, Davis, Basalite Concrete Products, Central Concrete Supply Inc., a U.S. Concrete Inc. company, and CarbonCure Technologies, shared the stage with in a showcase project that may change masonry construction’s role in sustainability. The project implemented many first-of-its kind sustainable design and construction products, that resulted in a low carbon masonry wall by combing two new concrete innovations.

UC Davis announced that the 8500-square-foot building is expected to be the first building at any university to be certified Net Zero Energy under the Living Building Challenge. This building will use various green services to provide sustainable resources. The building will be used to explore new research areas, including ways to maximize water conservation in wine production and sequester CO2 during fermentation. With the technology that the JSWB uses, the winery plans to produce wine with a net-zero carbon footprint and to develop and apply models that are workable for the larger wine industry.

Looking for a way to achieve the Net Zero Energy requirements, the JSWB design team members looked to concrete for help. The project used more than 2500 specially manufactured concrete masonry units made using CarbonCure technology, which permanently sequesters waste carbon dioxide into the units. This was the first project manufactured by Basalite Concrete Products utilizing this technology.

Along with the blocks, Central Concrete created a special grout mix that featured a low CO2 90% cement replacement mix. The resulting structural wall is reported to be the lowest carbon CMU wall built to date.

“Central Concrete appreciated working with such a forward-thinking design team, interested in pursuing innovative, sustainable product solutions for the Jess. S. Jackson Winery Building,” said Mike Donovan, director, quality and assurance, Central Concrete Supply. "Our combined efforts resulted in us producing an extremely low CO2 concrete mix, with 90% cement replacement materials, for this project's blockfill applications.”

About Basalite Concrete Products
Basalite Concrete Products, acquired by Pacific Coast Building Products in 1979, has become one of the largest suppliers of concrete products in the western United States. Product lines include structural block, interlocking paving stones, wall systems, retaining walls, garden products and a full range of packaged concrete products.

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About Central Concrete
Central Concrete Supply Co. Inc., a business unit of U.S. Concrete, Inc. has been serving the San Francisco Bay Area for more than 60 years. The company is recognized for engineering higher-performing concrete than traditional concrete, while significantly lowering the carbon footprint with its low CO2 mixes.
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About CarbonCure Technologies
CarbonCure Technologies is a materials science innovator deploying CO2-sequestration solutions to concrete products manufacturers. The company’s proprietary technology is an elegant method of repurposing waste CO2 to make concrete less carbon-intensive. The Halifax, Nova Scotia-based company is commercializing its construction products technology with market leaders in California (Basalite Concrete Products), Ontario (Atlas Block) and Nova Scotia (Shaw Group).

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