In late October, the RMC Research Foundation released the 86-page Ready Mixed Concrete Industry LEED Reference Guide. It provides producers, contractors,
In late October, the RMC Research Foundation released the 86-page Ready Mixed Concrete Industry LEED Reference Guide. It provides producers, contractors, architects and other design and construction professionals information on the environmental benefits of concrete and how they factor into candidate projects for certification under the LEED program.
Concrete has always been one of the more environmentally friendly building materials, so it is only logical that its use would be ideal for LEED-certified building projects, says RMC research Foundation Chairman Hardy Johnson (Titan/Tarmac). The Guide will be an important tool in helping concrete producers identify areas where they can improve the environmental performance of their operations and products. Architects, engineers and specifiers not already familiar with the energy saving and pro-environmental properties of concrete will learn a great deal as well.
Many state and local municipalities are now requiring new government construction to be LEED-certified and the movement is gaining in private construction as well, adds Foundation Executive Director Julie Luther. The Board of Trustees together with the Portland Cement Association felt the development of this Guide was essential to the education of builders seeking to become more involved in LEED projects.
The Ready Mixed Concrete Industry LEED Reference Guide is available for download from the RMC Research Foundation’s Web site at www.rmc-foundation.org. Hard copies are available for a nominal fee through www.nrmca.org.