Environment

Our safety, health and environment (SHE) management system is based on high environmental standards. The Holcim executive committee closely monitors our performance in managing workplace safety and protection of the environment. The environmental component of the management system helps identify and manage potential environmental risks. Operations are assessed against the requirements and improvements made.

 
Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)

Our commitment to sustainability extends to participating in the industry-leading Australasian EPD Programme.
 
An EPD is an ISO standardised and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) based tool to communicate the environmental performance of a product or system. An EPD is voluntarily developed information and the purpose is to provide quality-assured and comparable information regarding environmental performance of products.

 
EPD - Reinforced Concrete Pipe (RCP)

Humes reinforced concrete pipes (RCPs) are manufactured across 10 factories around Australia to AS/NZS 4058:2007 Precast concrete pipes (pressure and non-pressure). The scope of this EPD is for RCPs used in non-pressure stormwater drainage applications only. Humes RCPs are manufactured with steel reinforced concrete and are available in a wide range of diameters, lengths and with varying strengths. Humes RCPs have a reference service life (RSL) of 100 years when installed in accordance with AS/NZS 3725:2007 Design for installation of buried concrete pipes.

 
EPD - Humes Precast and Prestressed Concrete

This EPD covers virtually all of Humes reinforced precast and pre-stressed concrete products manufactured at any of our ten factories in Australia. Our products cover box culverts, headwalls/wingwalls, sleepers, bridge girders, barriers and more. They are manufactured with steel reinforced concrete and are available in a wide range of sizes for building and infrastructure applications.

 
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Infrastructure Sustainability

The Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) is the peak industry body for advancing sustainability in Australia’s infrastructure. As a division of Holcim Australia, Humes is a member of ISCA and takes an interest and role in developing sustainable practises across design, construction and operation of infrastructure. 
ISCA has developed the Infrastructure Sustainability (IS) rating scheme which is Australia’s only comprehensive rating scheme for evaluating sustainability for infrastructure. IS evaluates the sustainability of infrastructure projects and assets and assigns credits across a number of categories which incentivise the use of sustainable practises.

Humes helps its customers achieve higher IS ratings through smart selection and design of precast products. Precast concrete, relative to in-situ concrete designs and other materials, will often reduce waste, energy input, safety hazards and other environmental impacts.

 
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EnviroDevelopment

Humes is the official 'EnviroDevelopment National Technical Standards Multi-Unit Residential Partner'. EnviroDevelopment is a scientifically-based branding system designed to make it easier for purchasers to recognise and, thereby, select more environmentally sustainable developments and lifestyles.

Certified developments will have been carefully designed to protect the environment and use resources responsibly, whilst offering a range of benefits to homeowners, industry and government. These developments are entitled to advertise their achievements by displaying a range of EnviroDevelopment icons.