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Posted on 02 Feb 2024

Frankston Concrete Products Takes Strides Towards Sustainability

Frankston Concrete Products Takes Strides Towards Sustainability: Increases Fly Ash Content in Concrete Mix to 30%   Feb. 2024 –a leading player in the concrete precast manufacturing industry, is proud to announce a significant step towards environmental sustainability by increasing the percentage of fly ash in its concrete mix from 25% to an impressive 30%. This strategic move aims to reduce our carbon footprint without compromising the strength and quality of our products.   Fly ash, a byproduct of coal combustion, is widely recognised for its potential to enhance the environmental performance of concrete. By incorporating a higher percentage of fly ash into our concrete mix, Frankston Concrete Products is actively contributing to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions associated with traditional cement production.   This commitment aligns with Frankston Concrete Products’ dedication to environmental responsibility and underscores our role as an industry leader in sustainable manufacturing practices. The decision to raise the fly ash content is a result of extensive testing and collaboration with our stakeholders.   Key benefits of the increased fly ash content include:  

  1. **Reduced Carbon Footprint:** The higher fly ash content significantly decreases the reliance on traditional cement, a major contributor to carbon dioxide emissions in the concrete production process.
  2. **Enhanced Durability:** Despite the increased fly ash content, Frankston Concrete Products remains committed to maintaining the high strength and durability of our concrete products, ensuring they meet or exceed industry standards.
  3. **Resource Conservation: ** Utilising fly ash as a supplementary material helps reduce the demand for raw materials, promoting resource conservation and a more sustainable approach to manufacturing.
  About Frankston Concrete Products: Frankston Concrete Products is a Victorian based leader in concrete precast manufacturing, specialising in dry cast reinforced concrete pipes and drainage pits, as well as ancillary products; grates, frames and access covers.    With a strong commitment to quality, innovation, and sustainability, we strive to be at the forefront of industry advancements.

Posted on 15 Dec 2023

VIC Roads Approval

It’s official! FCP 600×900 and 900×900 Stormwater Pits, manufactured in both wet and dry cast methods, have been proof engineered to meet Vic Roads specifications. Our drawings have been updated and stamped accordingly, to meet your procurement requirements.

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Posted on 19 May 2023

Job Board

We are always looking for concrete laborers, factory hands and other people interested in the manufacturing industry. Please send a current resume or curriculum vitae to accounts@frankstonconcrete.com.au

Posted on 18 Oct 2023

Navigating the Concrete Industry’s Path Amid Climate Change: Challenges and Opportunities

There is always opportunity amidst challenge, and that is where the concrete industry is in the face of our climate crisis. A material synonymous with strength and durability, concrete carries an environmental burden due to its high embodied energy and carbon footprint. Frankston Concrete is committed to doing what we can to improve the environmental cost of our products by improving manufacturing methods of our precast concrete products, stormwater pits and reinforced concrete pipe (RCP).

The development and use of alternative binders, such as geopolymers, and supplementary cementitious materials, like fly ash and slag, offer opportunities to reduce the carbon footprint of concrete. These sustainable materials can replace traditional Portland cement while maintaining structural integrity. At FCP we have adjusted our mix to incorporate 25% of fly ash.

Embracing a circular economy approach, where concrete is recycled and repurposed at the end of its life, can significantly reduce embodied energy. All waste product at Frankston Concrete Products is collected for recycling. Crushed and reused, the recycled concrete is used as aggregate and base material in road and other constructions.

Frankston Concrete Products employs sustainable practices where possible.

  • Energy-efficient equipment such as the stormwater and reinforced concrete pipe dry casting method uses significantly less water.
  • Renewable energy – The 99Kw solar array provides all power supply at our purpose-built facility at 9 Colemans Road, Dandenong. There is zero reliance on gas.
  • Local Suppliers: Responsible sourcing of raw materials, from local suppliers reduces the cost of transport on our roads.
  • Waste reduction: Frankston Concrete aims to reduce – reuse and recycle. This not only reduces our environmental impact but also reduces our operational costs.
The concrete industry as a whole, is placed in a challenging but exciting time where new technologies continue to provide solutions for design and construction techniques. Innovations such as biogenic limestone, 3D-printed concrete structures and self-healing concrete are just the beginning.

Photo supplied: T6 Stormwater Pit dry cast method.

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Posted on 29 Jun 2023

Bedding materials for below ground sanitary drains.

The Victorian Building Authority issued a new Plumbing Practice Note, Drainage DR 02. It outlines the requirements for Bedding materials for below ground sanitary drains.
Soil conditions in accordance with the site classification should be considered.

  • Drains to be directly and continuously supported either on the undisturbed base of a trench (stable class A)
  • Trenches to be free from rocks or tree roots OR
  • Drains shall be installed on imported bedding material such as crushed rock gravel screenings of nominal sizes between 7mm to 10mm or cement mortar.
  • Drains should be clear of any hard or sharp-edged objects, and at least 100mm clear of any trench wall (refer to Illustration 1: Drain bedding).
  • Applied bedding material must be consistent with the relevant plumbing laws and standards.
Through recent audits, it was found that the use of bedding materials was not in accordance with AS3500.2, the primary reference standard for installation of sanitary and drainage systems.
Frankston Concrete Products aims to assist our customers and stakeholders to stay up to date with the ever-changing regulatory environment. For a full account of the implications of the VBA audit, please access Plumbing Practice Note Drainage DR02.

Posted on 09 May 2023

We are Moving

FCP have been keeping the country moving during Covid-19 by supplying a number of tanks to Kununurra and Wyndham in Western Australia. This road train is currently travelling 4,000km to deliver these supplies for two car washes in the region.

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Posted on 09 May 2023

Industrial Chic

Industrial chic, architects and designers alike are finding new and quirky ways to use our stormwater pits. Our pits have found their way into café’s and bars around Melbourne. Shown here at the Brunswick’s 281 Coffee Roasters, they were also used externally to define parklets, during Covid restrictions. Our stormwater pits can also be seen at Rusty’s Bar in Sorrento as planter boxes and a sturdy tenancy divider.