Report shows industrial sector prioritizes sustainability in design and operations

U.S. Green Building Council’s new LEED in Motion: Industrial Facilities report highlights the collaborative efforts across the manufacturing sector to design and implement LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and prioritize environmental stewardship. Currently, there are more than 1,755 LEED-certified industrial facilities worldwide totaling more than 496 million square feet and an additional 2,710 projects registered totaling nearly 737 million square feet.

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Productivity up, energy consumption down in portland cement milling

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

PCA’s latest U.S. Labor-Energy Input Survey shows the amount of energy required to produce one ton of portland cement—4.4 million Btu, on average—dropped 1.1 percent in 2014 from previous levels, and equates to domestic plants’ most energy efficient year on record.

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NPCA seeks precast plants for Sustainability Program pilot

Source: National Precast Concrete Association, Carmel, Ind.

The NPCA Sustainability Committee plans to enlist 10 precast producers across North America to test software calculating three environmental impact factors tied to mix designs and plant operations: global warming potential, primary energy consumption and water use. The Excel-based program enables users to benchmark and track progress against baseline impact numbers.

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