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.
Source: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.
To help concrete producers reduce their carbon footprint, NRMCA reported that it has signed on to the 2030 Challenge for Products, a global challenge to specify and manufacture products that meet a carbon footprint of 30 percent below the product average through 2014 and subsequently improve on this reduction: 35 percent in 2015; 40 percent in 2020; 45 percent in 2025; and 50 percent in 2030. Issued by American Institute of Architects-affiliated Architecture 2030, the 2030 Challenge for Products builds on the widely adopted original 2030 Challenge, which calls for the operation of all new buildings and major renovations to be carbon neutral by 2030.