NRMCA certifies five Graniterock plants’ Environmental Product Declarations

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Northern California’s leading independent aggregate and concrete operator, Graniterock, has issued Environmental Product Declarations covering 30 mixes at three central and two transit mixed plants serving Silicon Valley and coastal markets south. National Ready Mixed Concrete Association certified the documents as an EPD Program Operator, adding them to a growing industry library hosted on its website.

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NRMCA certifies five Graniterock plants’ Environmental Product Declarations

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

Northern California’s leading independent aggregate and concrete operator, Graniterock, has issued Environmental Product Declarations covering 30 mixes at three central and two transit mixed plants serving Silicon Valley and coastal markets south. NRMCA certified the documents as an EPD Program Operator, adding them to a growing industry library hosted on its website.

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Free tutorial primes suppliers, manufacturers on LEED v4

Sources: GreenCE Inc., Ridgefield, Wash.; CP staff

Continuing education services provider GreenCE, Inc. cites the industry’s first comprehensive LEED v4 specification program for building product and material interests. The new U.S. Green Building Council rating system compels manufacturers and suppliers to submit product and material documentation as part of significant changes surrounding project credits.

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ASTM publishes C150, C595 and C1157 product category rules

Sources: Portland Cement Association, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

With guidance from 10 PCA member companies, ASTM International has released product category rules (PCR) for six grades of binder under Committee C01 on Cement—portland, portland-limestone, blended hydraulic, masonry, mortar, and plastic (stucco)—providing producers and their customers a tool central to emerging green building practice: environmental product declarations (EPD).

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ISO adds water usage, stewardship standard to Environmental management

The International Organization for Standardization’s new 14046, “Environmental management—Water footprint—Principles, requirements and guidelines” standard will allow a wide range of private and pubic entities the means to measure the environmental impact of their water use and pollution potential. It joins the ISO 14000 Environmental management series, whose “Type III Environmental Product Declarations” standard governs documents concrete interests are issuing as green building rating systems evolve. 

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EPD-enabling Product Category Rule for Precast nears release

“Product Category Rules For Preparing an Environmental Product Declaration for Precast Concrete” meticulously details the LCA framework according to guidelines in ISO 14000 Environmental management standards. The PCR for Precast will encompass structural, architectural, specialty, utility and drainage products for above and below-grade applications.

To support development of Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) catering to contracts for green building certification candidate projects—especially those targeting the recently released LEED v4—producers and allied groups are finalizing a North American Precast Concrete Product Category Rule (PCR) through program operator ASTM International.

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PRODUCERS – August 2014

Ernest Maier has added the CarbonCure technology to its Maryland concrete masonry operation, and is poised to be the first Washington, D.C., market operator to issue Environmental Product Declarations and Health Product Declarations for block. An EPD covering CMU processed with a carbon dioxide-based curing system will time with the ongoing implementation of the District of Columbia’s Green Building Act, the first local law requiring new, private buildings to meet LEED rating system standards. EPD will especially factor into projects for which certification under the new LEED v4 is targeted.

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Lafarge, Oldcastle, NPCA and PCI advance Precast Product Category Rule

Sources: ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pa.; National Precast Concrete Association, Carmel, Ind.; CP staff

To support development of Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) catering to contracts for green building certification candidate projects—especially those targeting the recently released LEED v4— precasters and allied groups are finalizing a North American Precast Concrete Category Rule (PCR) through program operator ASTM International.

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NCMA consolidates Concrete Masonry Product Category Rule

MANUFACTURED CONCRETE MASONRY AND CONCRETE MASONRY PRODUCTS SPECIFICATIONS The draft Product Category Rule informs Environmental Product Declarations for a host of unit types.

After a public comment period through mid-May, the National Concrete Masonry Association is finalizing a linchpin of forthcoming block and hardscape Environmental Product Declarations (EPD): the draft Product Category Rule (PCR) for “Manufactured Concrete and Concrete Masonry Products.”

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NCMA invites Concrete Masonry Product Category Rule comments

Sources: National Concrete Masonry Association, Herndon, Va.; CP staff

A linchpin of forthcoming block and hardscape Environmental Product Declarations (EPD), the draft Product Category Rule (PCR) for “Manufactured Concrete and Concrete Masonry Products” is available here for review and comment through May 16.

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