NRMCA caps first phase of industry-wide Environmental Product Declaration
- Published: Monday, 07 July 2014 16:11
- Written by Concrete News
Source: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.
The first of two phases in 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, posted (below opening tables) here.
The report offers a cradle to gate Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for ready mixed concrete and industry average EPD based on data from NRMCA members who have issued plant-specific or company-wide declarations for individual mix designs, or a range of mixes. The LCA and EPD encompass concrete for a variety of applications, strengths, durability classes, slump or spread characteristics, and regions. The final EPD will represent concrete typically used on a variety of projects from homes to high rises in different climate zones and different markets. LEED v4 requires producers submitting a company-specific EPD on a project to provide data for and be listed, respectively, in industry-wide LCA and EPD.