Stage Presentations

Reducing Carbon Footprint of Concrete Construction using Fiber Reinforcement

Date & Time: Wednesday Feb 14, 2024 at 10:00 am
Duration: 50 minutes
Location: OPCMIA Stage


Synthetic macrofiber composites can be used to replace steel reinforcement or in conjunction with steel reinforcement to increase durability and extend service life. The contribution to sustainable construction through lowered environmental, social, and economic impacts is currently being documented. Euclid Chemical was one of the first companies in the sector to develop a type III EPD for synthetic fiber applications, providing all certification for GWP gases emissions control. We can now quantify the savings in GWP of using fiber versus steel, discuss less cracking, cost equivalencies and safer construction sites and specifications, especially government funded projects, that will soon require EPD’s for product submissions.

This presentation will cover all necessary data to develop the LCA (Lifecycle Assessment) and all nuances of it reports. Presentation program:

  • Sustainability in construction
  • Overview of fiber reinforced concrete technology
  • Benefits of using fibers
  • Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)
  • Comparison of GWP emissions between steel vs synthetic fibers

Presented by

Gustavo Polidoro
Gustavo Polidoro , Product Manager, Euclid Chemical
Professional Civil Engineer graduated in 2009 and Product Manager of Fibers for the Euclid Chemical Company in Toronto, Ontario – Canada. In 2013, obtained his MBA in Business Management at Fundacao Getulio Vargas (FGV) in Campinas, Sao Paulo - Brazil. Mr. Gustavo has more than 15 years of experience in Fiber Reinforced Concrete and is a voting member of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) Committee 544 and American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). Was also committee member for support and development of the Brazilian standard for Fiber Reinforced Concrete - NBR 16935, 16940 and 16942. Though his career, he has been involved with concrete pavement and slab on ground designs and has performed material characterization and testing of many concrete and shotcrete mixtures.
Sponsored by:
Euclid Chemical