LCA, carbon deployment, resilience topics highlight Concrete Sustainability Conference

Source: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.

Speakers have been selected for NRMCA’s 10th annual International Concrete Sustainability Conference, to be held May 12-14, in Miami. Over 60 world-renowned experts will present the latest developments related to design, specifying, manufacturing, testing, construction, maintenance and research of concrete as they dovetail sustainability. Keynote speakers and topics include:

  • Miami-Dade Dept. of Regulatory and Economic Resources, Office of Sustainability/Planning Division Chief Nichole Hefty — Challenges of climate change and steps Miami-Dade County is taking to mitigate weather disasters.
  • Federal Alliance for Safe Homes President and CEO Leslie Chapman-Henderson — Resilience on the Rise: A Report on the Disaster Safety and Mitigation Movement. 
  • Gensler Director of Sustainable Design Kirsten Ritchie — Growing demand for transparency and corporate social responsibility in the building sector.

Among other speakers and target topics are: Concrete Sustainability Hub Executive Director T. Reed Miller, Evaluating the Environmental Impact of Pavement-vehicle Interaction using Life Cycle Assessment; University of New Brunswick Professor Michael Thomas, The Use of Reclaimed Fly Ash in Concrete; Texas State University researcher Jacob Ellis, Modeling the Life-Cycle Impact of Concrete through Comparative Life Cycle Analysis; Athena Sustainable Materials Institute Director Jamie Meil, Athena Impact Estimator for Highways – A Web-enabled Environmental Life Cycle Assessment Software for Assessing Regional Materials Manufacturing, Roadway Construction, Use and Rehabilitation Life Cycle Stages; Argos research engineer Daniel Duque, Beyond EPDs: Using LCA Models and Data to Develop Sustainable Cements and Concretes.

Also: Lafarge research scientist Matthieu Horgnies, An Innovative Depolluting Concrete Doped with Activated Carbon to Enhance Air Quality; Walter P. Moore principal and project manager Dirk Kestner, Concrete Specifications and Whole Building LCA in LEED V4 – A Case Study; Headwaters Resources researcher Rafic Minkara, Fly Ash Sustainability: Technologies to Mitigate the Impact of Sorbent Injection on Product Quality; CarbonCure Technologies Vice President – Technology Development Sean Monkman, Using Carbon Dioxide as a Beneficial Admixture in Ready-Mixed Concrete; Holcim (US) Inc. Senior Technical Service Engineer Tim Cost, Enhanced Cementitious Efficiency in Sustainable Concrete Mixtures with PLC – Influence of the Chemical and Physical Properties of PLCs and SCMs; Lehigh U.S Marketing & Technical Services Manager Larry Rowland, Resilience Matters; and, MIT researcher Joshua Hester, Streamlining Life Cycle Assessments of Residential Construction.

Cosponsor of the conference is Iberoamerican Federation of Ready Mixed Concrete (FIHP). A complete list of speakers and additional details about the conference are available at