Purpose: The main purpose of this paper is presenting the results obtained in years 2007 – 2010 in frame of the project Marie Curie Transfer of Knowledge – CastModel. The project was focused, among others, at elaborating new, environmentally friendly cast alloys based on the Al-Zn system. Particularly, efforts were aimed at improving ductility of the sand cast high-zinc aluminium alloys (HZnAl) by using the newly elaborated master alloys, based on the Al-Zn-Ti system. Design/methodology/approach: The presented work is focused on the nucleation of the high-zinc Al-20 wt% Zn (HZnAl AlZn20) alloy, known as the high damping one, aiming at improving plastic properties of the sand castings. The melted alloy was nucleated with AlTi5B1 (TiBAl) and AlTi3C0.15 (TiCAl) refiners as well as with the newly introduced ZnAl-Ti3 one. During the research the following experimental techniques were used: LM, SEM-EBSD, EDS, TA, DSC, Quantitative Metallography, UTS, Elongation and Attenuation coefficient measurements. Findings: During the performed examinations it was found out that significant increasing of the grain population of the inoculated alloy increases plasticity represented by elongation. The attenuation coefficient of the nucleated alloy, measured using an Olympus Epoch XT device, preserves its high value. The results obtained allow to characterize the examined AlZn20 alloy as promissive, having good strength and damping properties as well as the environmentally friendly alloy because of its comparatively low melting temperatures. Practical implications: The grain-refined high-zinc aluminium alloys can be used as the high damping substitutes of the traditional, more energy consumable Fe-based foundry alloys. Originality/value: The newly elaborated ZnAl-Ti based master alloys show high refining potency and quick dissolution in low melting temperatures of about 500°C, and are the promissive alternatives of the traditional AlTi-based ones.