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ASTM eyes standard for sustainable manufacturing

A proposed standard under ASTM International’s Committee E60 on Sustainability, WK35702, Guide for Evaluation of Environmental Aspects of Sustainability of Manufacturing Processes, will assist users in adopting resource efficiency and environmentally friendly practices into daily operations. 

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ISO adds water usage, stewardship standard to Environmental management

The International Organization for Standardization’s new 14046, “Environmental management—Water footprint—Principles, requirements and guidelines” standard will allow a wide range of private and pubic entities the means to measure the environmental impact of their water use and pollution potential. It joins the ISO 14000 Environmental management series, whose “Type III Environmental Product Declarations” standard governs documents concrete interests are issuing as green building rating systems evolve. 

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EPD-enabling Product Category Rule for Precast nears release

To support development of Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) catering to contracts for green building certification candidate projects—especially those targeting the recently released LEED v4—producers and allied groups are finalizing a North American Precast Concrete Product Category Rule (PCR) through program operator ASTM International.

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NRMCA caps first phase of industry-wide Environmental Product Declaration

A representative sampling of energy consumption trends from a coast-to-coast, cross section of producers contributes to the NRMCA LCI Data Collection Summary Statistics, boosting the credibility of an industry-wide EPD for transit or central mixed concrete. The first of two phases in the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s development of a standard Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)—aimed at assisting ready mixed producers on projects where customers target certification under the new LEED v4 green building rating system—has produced a survey report and list of participating companies and plants.

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CalStar begins production at two-line, Mississippi masonry plant

CAPTION:The cast stone products are made with CalStar’s proprietary process that incorporates up to 37 percent recycled content and eliminates the need for portland cement; calcium silicate materials, which require energy-intensive autoclaving; or for kiln-firing, typical of traditional clay brick. When measured against portland cement and clay alternatives, each CalStar product requires up to 81 percent less energy to make while emitting up to 84 percent less carbon dioxide.CalStar Products has begun delivering building and landscape units from a 100,000-sq.-ft., Columbus, Miss., operation—an ambitious satellite to a Racine, Wis., flagship plant opened in 2010. With dry- and wet-cast lines for brick, trim and paver products using proprietary binders and high fly ash content, the facility sits on 23 acres in the Golden Triangle Industrial Park.

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