Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Alexandria, Va.; CP staff
The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association is accepting through October 6 applications for producers to contribute data underpinning the Industry-Wide Environmental Product Declaration Version 4.0 (IW-EPD v4) and Benchmark Report. The new document will feature carbon dioxide emissions and other environmental impacts or metrics attending more than 100 mix designs, including air-entrained and non-air-entrained concretes plus a new high-strength category (> 8,000 psi); and, subregional benchmarks to help local or state specifiers and policymakers set appropriate carbon reduction goals for concrete procurement.
NRMCA published the first IW-EPD in 2013, arming ready mixed producers for an environmental impact reporting era then in its infancy. The IW-EPD 4.0 and Benchmark Report will augment producers now addressing widespread adoption of reporting requirements in public and private construction. Those submitting data will be credited as contributors to the new declaration, affirming their commitment to environmental stewardship and transparency in the green building marketplace. Applications for IW-EPD v4 participation can be obtained here. Additional information can be obtained from NRMCA Manager, Codes and Sustainability Programs Matthew Lemay, 847/323-0413.