Ambuja Cements Ltd, a part of the global conglomerate LafargeHolcim and one of the leading cement manufacturing companies in India, has pioneered an innovative curing technique – Modular Curing Solution (MCS) which does away with the traditional water curing method for concrete slab surfaces. Since 2012, MCS has helped conserve 423 million litres of water across 35,224 construction sites across India, thus promoting sustainable construction.
This value-added service reiterates Ambuja Cement’s commitment to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through its unique offerings in sustainable construction. Integrated with its operations, sustainability is a way of life in Ambuja with the vision to be the most competitive and sustainable company in the industry.
Talking about MCS and its growing popularity amongst Individual Home Builders (IHBs), Umesh Soni, Ambuja Cement’s Technical Services Corporate Head said, “The building and construction segment is among the most water-intensive industries and this warrants alternative construction solutions to ensure sustainability. Our Modular Curing Solution is one such offering that reinvents the cement curing process in India, thereby taking sustainable construction to new heights.”
“Typically, about 12,000 litres of water is required for curing 1,000 square feet of slab surface. In the MCS method, customised plastic sheets are placed over wet concrete slabs. This enables the slab surface to remain moist for the first seven days, which is a crucial period in concrete curing. This ensures the IHBs save on labour and water costs,” added Soni. In 2018, the MCS was implemented at 9,355 sites, saving nearly 112 million litres of water.
The MCS aims at enhancing the hydration process on the slab surface by preventing loss of water/moisture through evaporation or drying of concrete and blocking capillary pores. It also enhances the strength and durability of the structure with a leak-proof and crack-free finish. This economical and environment-friendly technique entails the use of specially designed plastic sheets that prevent water loss due to evaporation and protect the surface against strong winds, low humidity, and high temperatures. The MCS also reduces human effort and negates the chances of errors in concrete curing.
As the unique solution gains popularity, customers reap the benefits derived from this practice. One such delighted customer Govind B said, “This technique is very beneficial as it saves water and time while ensuring both strength and durability of the construction. I highly recommend this to the entire IHB community.”