LafargeHolcim adopts new label for low CO2 and recycled content materials

Sources: LafargeHolcim Ltd., Zurich; CP staff Cement and concrete from LafargeHolcim will soon bear a logo shaped like a mobile device icon indicating two principal qualities realized in processing, mix design and batching: A carbon dioxide emissions footprint 30 percent or lower compared to local industry standard and a minimum 20 percent recycled material content. The producer revealed the EcoLabel…

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Lehigh issues first EPD based on Cement Product Category Rule 2.0

Lehigh Hanson, Inc., Irving, Texas; CP staff

Lehigh Cement has published the industry’s first Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) utilizing the new North American Product Category Rule (PCR) for Portland, Blended, Masonry, Mortar, and Stucco Cements. The latter document enables Lehigh and fellow Portland Cement Association and Cement Association of Canada members to tailor EPD to sustainability and green building practitioners’ increasingly robust transparency standards.

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Committee opens call for Greenbuild 2020 presentation proposals

Source: U.S. Green Building Council, Washington, D.C.

Organizers of the 2020 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, November 4-7, San Diego, are accepting education session proposals through February 10. Individuals, companies, organizations or agencies with green building perspectives in architecture, engineering, construction and planning are invited to submit outlines covering such topics Materials, Infrastructure Systems, Resilience, Building Peformance, Energy Efficiency, Affordable Housing, and Smart Buildings. The Greenbuild 2020 education program will run concurrent with networking, USGBC committee and exposition activities at the San Diego Convention Center. Additional information on submissions can be obtained from the Greenbuild Program Team, [email protected]

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LEED certification system eclipses 100K commercial building mark

Sources: U.S. Green Building Council, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

Auditors for the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program have registered and certified more than 100,000 commercial facilities across the globe. LEED certification is present pacing more than 2.6 million square feet of space daily, the group notes, signifying how project teams and owners are going “above and beyond to ensure a building is designed, constructed, operated and performing to the highest level of sustainability.”

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LEED rating system development goes nimble

Sources:  U.S. Green Building Council, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

USGBC has announced a call for proposals to solicit feedback and concepts for the next version of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, the 20-year-old green building rating program whose most recent update was released in April. The standard is revised through a continuous improvement process, USGBC challenging the building sector to be more resource efficient and sustainable with each new version.

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Major GC to halve site operations’ emissions, water consumption

Sources: Turner Construction Co., New York; CP staff

One of the top North American general contractors and forerunners in reinforced concrete construction has adopted a program to clip present levels of greenhouse gas emissions and water consumption at construction sites by 50 percent through 2030. Turner Construction views the Green program as an elevated approach toward environmental sustainability. 

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Research probes public attitudes to green-building value proposition

Sources: U.S. Green Building Council, Washington, D.C.; CP staff 

U.S. Green Building Council research finds limited recognition among the general public on the significance of issues at the core of the green building community’s mission—sustainability, the environment, and energy efficient, occupant-friendly space—and their connection to resource conservation and climate change.  

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Auditor publishes revised Product Category Rule for Concrete

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

Michigan-based certification authority NSF International has issued a new Product Category Rule (PCR) for Concrete, reflecting nearly two years of stakeholder-proposed updates to a charter 2013 version. The PCR is a set of industry rules to support development of environmental product declarations (EPD) for ready mixed and manufactured concrete. EPDs respond to calls for product transparency and disclosure from green building standards, market initiatives, and state laws. 

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NRMCA begins harnessing data to update Industry Wide-EPD

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

NRMCA is updating the Industry-Wide Environmental Product Declaration to address evolving requirements producer members confront when project owners or design teams apply Life Cycle Assessment criteria or request EPD submittals, often in conjunction with LEED v4 green building certification. 

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Report tracks green building escalation among A/E/C pros, clients

Sources: Dodge Data & Analytics, New York; CP staff

A new report based on surveys of 2,000-plus architects, engineers, contractors, owners, consultants and real estate investors from 86 countries indicates significant international market growth for green construction projects in the last 10 years and demand for such building activity continuing to climb. Dodge Data & Analytics’ World Green Building Trends 2018 SmartMarket Report finds that green building principles will factor into more than 60 percent of survey participant projects by 2021. 

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