CalPortland blended cement series clips carbon dioxide load

Sources: CalPortland Co., Glendora, Calif.; CP staff

The two charter offerings in a new CalPortland line of blended portland-limestone cements (PLC) have an embodied carbon level about 10 percent below that of common ASTM C 150 materials. ADVANCEMENT LT (Light) is a lighter colored, higher albedo Type IL PLC suiting concrete in design and architectural conditions. ADVANCEMENT HS (High Sulfate) is formulated for general use concrete or when high sulfate resistance is required. 

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EPA revisits SCM in procurement guidelines; honors CalPortland and Cemex

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has opened a public comment period through July 6 on the Agency’s current list of 61 items that are or can be made from recovered materials in eight Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines (CPG) categories, plus recommendations to federal agencies on purchasing such items. The largest category, Construction Products, includes blended cement or concrete containing fly ash, ground granulated blast furnace slag and silica fume.

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ORGANIZATIONS – NOVEMBER 2019

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The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association has named 2019 Excellence in Quality Awards recipients. The program recognizes producers that follow and exceed quality management principles guiding materials, production processes and delivered loads. Honored during the group’s ConcreteWorks conference last month in Florida were:

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CalPortland documents glaring greenhouse gas accounting void

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In a new paper summarizing peer-reviewed scientific studies, CalPortland Co. staff cites the exclusion of a critical factor in global, national, and regional greenhouse gas accounting methods: Concrete buildings, pavements and structures are silently absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere—to such an apparent degree that the built environment represents one of the world’s largest carbon storehouses.

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CalPortland states case for carbonation line item in GHG accounting

Sources: CalPortland Co., Glendora, Calif.

In a recent paper summarizing peer-reviewed scientific studies, the staff of key West Coast cement, aggregate and ready mixed producer CalPortland cites the exclusion of a critical factor in global, national, and regional greenhouse gas accounting methods: Concrete buildings, pavements and structures’ silent absorption of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere—to such an apparent degree that the built environment represents one of the world’s largest carbon storehouses. While considerable attention has been paid to quantifying the industrial phase emissions from cement production, authors observe, the natural reversal process of CO2 uptake during concrete’s complete material service life is just beginning to receive the consideration it deserves.

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Argos, CalPortland, Thomas lead NRMCA Quality Awards

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.; CP staff

NRMCA will honor 20 producer members earning 2018 Excellence in Quality Awards during an October 1 luncheon capping the ConcreteWorks conference in National Harbor, Md. Recipients demonstrate how they abide and exceed quality management principles over a broad range of activities—from program commitment, materials and production facility management to product quality control and maintaining high customer satisfaction levels.

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American Cement, CalPortland, Lehigh plants join Energy Star Industrial roster

Sources: Environmental Protection Agency; Portland Cement Association, Skokie, Ill.; CP staff

American Cement Co., CalPortland Co. and Texas Lehigh Cement Co. mills in Florida, California and Texas are among 15 plants earning EPA Energy Star Industrial Program certification for the first time in 2017. Of 93 Industrial facilities certified last year, 25 mill portland cement.

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