ASTM publishes Product Category Rules for Concrete Masonry Products

Sources: ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pa.; National Concrete Masonry Association, Herndon, Va.; CP staff

An NCMA-led team of producers and allied interests has finalized “Product Category Rules for Preparing an Environmental Product Declaration for Manufactured Concrete and Concrete Masonry Products.” The 21-page document presents baseline data for life cycle assessments producers detail in Environmental Product Declarations.

EPD, in turn, support concrete product customers seeking certification or recognition under new or emerging green building rating systems. The ASTM-published PCR covers 11 categories of Committee C15 on Manufactured Masonry Units-designated product—primarily dry cast—including Concrete Building or Facing Brick, Loadbearing and Nonloadbearing Concrete Masonry Units, Prefaced Concrete Masonry Units, Cast Stone, Segmental Retaining Wall Unit, Roof Paver, Adhered Manufactured Stone Masonry Veneer and Articulating Concrete Block.

Joining NCMA staff on the PCR development were representatives from a) member producers Anchor Block Co., Brampton Brick, CalStar Products, A. Jandris & Sons, Nicolock, and Taylor Concrete Products; and, b) associates or allied groups Big River Industries, Canada Masonry Design Centre, Concrete Masonry Association of California & Nevada and Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute. ICPI is overseeing concurrent development of a PCR on segmental paving products. Additional information on the PCR for Concrete Masonry can be obtained from NCMA Director of Research and Development Nick Lang, 571/224-0935; [email protected].

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