Durakerb: driving the self-build sector to sustainability success
Those aiming to build sustainably and support the UK government’s drive towards a net-zero carbon emissions economy, should choose Durakerb – part of the Econpro group. Proven to be successful for over a decade, just last year the company announced the installation of its 400,000th kerb in the UK, saving the country 12 million kilogrammes of CO2 in the last decade. Its range of products are greener, safer, simpler alternative to traditional concrete kerbs.
Made from 88% recycled polymer, Durakerb units – kerbs, kerbside and surface drainage – are comprised of the equivalent of 182 plastic bottles. Over the last 11 years, the company has saved thousands of tonnes of plastic waste going to landfill, equivalent to 72 million plastic bottles.
The company’s products deliver a 73% reduction in carbon emissions per full load when compared to the concrete. Durakerb has also saved approximately 12,000,000 kgs of emitted carbon, through the production of Durakerb compared to the precast concrete counterpart and removal of 1,000 articulated vehicles in transport due to the lightweight product.
The interlocking design of Durakerb units allows for 100% alignment wherever they are installed. Further to this, the units can be cut with hand tools and no additional training is required, making installation easy and more efficient. With a 300% faster laying speed compared to its concrete counterpart, Durakerb is the perfect product for self-build projects. Plus, Durakerb products are 90% lighter than traditional concrete units and don’t produce harmful respirable crystallin silica (RCS) dust when cut, saving both manual labour days and preventing injury.
Part of the Econpro Group – a specialist group of companies that transform waste and by-product into sustainable products and solutions – Durakerb has been championing a more sustainable future for 11 years, providing a fully circular product that can be recycled and remade at the end of its lifespan.
Phil Sutton, Managing Director at Econpro, commented: “With a renewed focus on plastics waste looking for sustainable markets, we believe further adoption of recycled polymer kerbing solutions can offer a viable outlet for thousands of tons of waste plastics in the UK every year, we’re proud to be at the forefront of the development of these products as we drive toward carbon neutrality within the UK in 2050.
“Each part of Durakerb, from manufacture to transport, installation and product lifespan, has been considered, to ensure we’re driving forward within the circular economy. From its lightweight nature to its health and safety benefits, Durakerb is the perfect solution for any self-build project.”
During a recent scheme, Jon Lee, Skanska’s Operations Manager at Hampshire Highways, added: “These plastic kerbs have been BBA/HAPAS approved meaning they are manufactured to the highest standards for the Hampshire network. With its lightweight feature, we can lay four times faster than traditional methods. Skanska UK, as a leader of sustainability in the construction industry, have recently committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2045. The move to using recycled products helps move us to achieving this target.”
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