Sources: U.S. Energy Information Administration; CP staff
Drawing data from its just-released 2013 Annual Energy Outlook, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) cites challenging statistics portland cement customers and producers might encounter in a construction market influenced by green building rating systems and carbon-tracking government agencies.
Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.; CP staff
Architecture 2030 founder Ed Mazria told attendees at the NRMCA annual convention, San Antonio, that public and private entities’ eye on lower greenhouse gas emissions is driving a transformation in commercial and residential building design and construction methods, affirming, “There’s no holding it back.”
Source: Carbon Leadership Forum, Seattle
Against a backdrop of the 2012 Greenbuild Conference & Expo (November 14–16, San Francisco), the Carbon Leadership Forum (CLF) announced the first U.S. environmental footprint standards, also known as Product Category Rules (PCRs), for concrete mixes.
Source: U.S. Concrete Inc., Euless, Texas
U.S. Concrete’s San Francisco-based operating company, Central Concrete Supply Co., has adopted the 2030 Challenge for Products, an initiative to reduce building sector greenhouse gas emissions through low-carbon solutions. The industry’s first producer among 2030 Challenge ranks, Central Concrete has already achieved a 2014 target: delivering low-CO2 concrete mixes that reduce the overall carbon footprint, on average, by more than 30 percent as compared to traditional portland cement concrete.