MISSISSAUGA — Masonry Worx, the association for Ontario’s brick, block and stone construction sector, has issued a statement praising Ontario’s recently released long-term infrastructure plan.
The plan, titled Building Better Lives: Ontario’s Long-Term Infrastructure Plan and presented by Minister of Infrastructure Bob Chiarelli Nov. 28, outlined policies and priorities in the province’s 13-year, $190-billion infrastructure spending plan, currently in its third year.
The statement released by Andrew Payne, executive director of Masonry Worx, said the association particularly welcomes the province’s commitment to applying a life cycle assessment to infrastructure planning.
“Life cycle assessments are complex, with many moving parts,” the statement indicated. “However, when it comes to materiality, the masonry industry is encouraged that preference will be given to building materials that contribute to the overall performance of the building, the reduction of greenhouse gases from construction to decommissioning, and the durability of the material over the life of the building.”
The statement referred to how masonry plays a role in reducing greenhouse gases.
“The masonry industry has embraced new technologies to reduce its carbon footprint,” said the statement. “Innovative manufacturing processes such as Carbon Cure and Carboclave work to mitigate carbon emissions before a brick or block is ever laid. In fact, concrete masonry products function as a carbon sink, sequestering carbon from the atmosphere throughout their service life.
“The masonry industry applauds the provincial government in taking this new, innovative step in the right direction towards more sustainable infrastructure planning.”