Source: BASF Construction Chemicals, Cleveland
Eco-Efficiency Analysis (EEA) quantifies the economic and ecological benefits of Green Sense Concrete mixtures, which BASF Admixture Systems recently announced in conjunction with a mix optimization service. An industry first, the new program examines environmental life cycle from mineral and aggregate extraction through concrete production, analyzing energy and raw material consumption, emissions (air, soil, and water), toxicity and risk potential, and land-use impacts.
A number of factors contribute to the economic and ecological impact of concrete, including its ingredients, how far those ingredients traveled to the plant, mix proportions, and volume produced, says Green Sense Marketing Manager Mark Bury. With Eco-Efficiency Analysis, he adds, everything from regional fossil fuels used in raw material production to the amount of land used can be factored into the equation, enabling customers to pinpoint the concrete mixture with the least environmental impact. Green Sense follows an ISO 14000 standards-modeled EEA methodology BASF Corp. has applied to product development processes since 1996.