Abuja, July 17th - Viewpoint Housing News – The Federal Ministry of Works and Housing has approved Lafarge’s road cement brand, Roadcem. Lafarge Africa Plc is one of the leading innovative and sustainable building solutions company in the continent.
The Director of Highways (Materials, Geotechnics & Quality Control)of the Ministry, Engr. Osita Ezedozie recently revealed this, stating that it had gone through stages of tests and evaluations before being approved.
“Following the improved performance observed from the tests, pilot study and evaluation of Roadcem over Ordinary Portland Cement in soil (sharp sand) stabilization, approval has been granted for the introduction and use of Roadcem for stabilization of soil (sharp sand) in highway pavement sub-base course construction”, he said.
The product, used on several construction projects and known to be very effective, is environmentally friendly. The product increases the strength and bearing capacity of roads, as it reduces the thickness of the pavement structure, and modifies the chemical and mineral structure of soil materials.
In Nigeria, there is high variability in the quality of soil that is available across the country. The use of traditional methods of excavating, placing, and compacting soil makes it challenging to achieve uniform quality. However, with Roadcem, Lafarge Africa has provided a soil stabilization product that helps to improve the characteristics of soils before they are used for the base, sub-base, or sub-grade construction.
At 5.0% Roadcem content, the stabilized sharp sand complies with all the specification requirements for a sub-base course and also achieves higher stability at a lower cost than stabilization with ordinary Portland cement.
Lafarge Africa has been at the forefront of providing innovative and sustainable building solutions which underscores its sustainability leadership within its operating environment.
With its innovative products and solutions, Lafarge Africa creates value for its customers and serves Nigeria with a wide range of building and construction solutions designed to meet housing and construction needs from small projects like individual home buildings to major infrastructure and construction projects.