British Lime Association (BLA) part of the Mineral Products Association (MPA)


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September 2014

How Lime works for you in Winter too!

Lime is an unseen, but very important mineral that links into all of our everyday activities. You know that winter is coming when you’re turning on the lights earlier each day, deciding when to turn on the heating and have been splashed by a passing car hitting a rain-filled pothole. Here is how lime feeds in to all of those:

Cleaner Air

Electricity consumption increases in winter and lime is used to treat air emissions from our power stations.

Warmer Buildings

Lime is essential in the manufacture of glass in your double glazed windows and lime-based mortars allow walls to insulate better by being drier and more air tight.

Lime is also a key ingredient in the manufacture of lightweight, insulating concrete blocks, known as aircrete, that that can keep you warmer indoors.

Safer Roads

Lime in asphalt improves resistance to potholing by enhancing the resilience and durability of the asphalt bond to the aggregate in road surfacing. This makes our roads safer, last longer and reduces maintenance costs too.

Hot Drinks

Lime is used to treat tap water and make it safe for us to drink by removing impurities.





Notes to Editors

The BLA is a constituent body of the Mineral Products Association (MPA), which is the trade association for the aggregates, asphalt, cement, concrete, lime, mortar and silica sand industries. The BLA represents the interests of three member companies, responsible for producing 75% of the lime sold in the UK. The BLA members are Lhoist UK, Singleton Birch Ltd and Tarmac.

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