Central Concrete Announces First Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for Concrete Mixes in the United States

Central Concrete Announces First Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for
                     Concrete Mixes in the United States

New LCA methodology delivers first EPD process that allows for the production
of labels for every product online, in real-time

PR Newswire

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 23, 2013

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Central Concrete Supply,
Inc., a U.S. Concrete, Inc. (NASDAQ-USCR) company, and the leader in
delivering low CO[2] concrete to the San Francisco Bay Area, today announced
that it is the first ready mix supplier in the United States to offer Concrete
EPDs (Environmental Product Declarations) and the first to receive external
verification of the EPDs in accordance with ISO 14025 and ISO 21930.

Central Concrete also announced that they are the first U.S. company, in any
industry, to produce EPDs at the individual product level. This is in contrast
to EPDs that are developed for classes of products – an approach that
diminishes the value of the EPD, because specific product performance
characteristics are only matched to general environmental impacts within a
category. Central's approach, based on innovations developed by Climate Earth,
a provider of systems, data and services for sustainable management, allowed
the National Ready Mix Concrete Association (NRMCA), acting as Program
Operator, to verify more than 1,400 of Central's mix designs.

An EPD is a standardized (ISO 14025/TR) label designed to communicate the
environmental impact of a product in a scientifically sound, streamlined and
comparable format. EPDs include information on the environmental impact of the
product, throughout its lifecycle. Often compared to a nutrition label, EPDs
provide the facts and transparency needed to make informed decisions as they
relate to such characteristics as global warming potential, ozone depletion
and water use.

"We are pleased to be the first concrete supplier in the U.S. to publish
externally verified EPDs," said Jeff Davis, vice president and general manager
of Central Concrete. "Owners and developers on the west coast are demanding
greener buildings. With C0[2] emissions of Portland cement being a major
contributor to the nation's carbon footprint, we recognize the importance of
making the environmental impact of our products both visible and comparable.
Environmental measures are increasingly becoming key performance indicators,
just as compressive strength of concrete is today."

"Not only is Central Concrete the first ready mix supplier to adopt fully
verified EPDs, but they are the first company in the United States to produce
an EPD for every product, online, in real-time," noted Chris Erickson,
president and CEO of Climate Earth, a provider of systems, data and services
for sustainable management. "Overwhelmed by labeling multiple products,
companies turn to batching products by categories and delivering EPDs for
groups of products. We are honored to provide our customers with a
systems-based approach that has opened this new path to EPD development – a
timely approach, that delivers EPDs at the individual product level."

Origins and Path to EPDs for Concrete Mix Designs
The genesis of the Concrete EPD process began with the formation of the Carbon
Leadership Forum, a broad alliance of researchers, associations and companies
within the building industry dedicated to (1) bringing methods and data of
life cycle assessment (LCA) to the design and construction practice and (2)
devising standards that would account for and report carbon footprints of
building products and systems.

Led by Kathrina Simonen, director of the Carbon Leadership Forum (CLF) and an
Assistant Professor at the University of Washington's College of Built
Environments, the alliance chose, as its first project, the development of
Product Category Rules (PCRs) for concrete. This established clear rules to
govern environmental reports for concrete mix designs, and therefore a path to
LCA reporting and the process for EPD development and certification.

"The fact that Central has secured fully verified EPDs is a monumental step in
realizing the Carbon Leadership Forum's goal," said Frances Yang, structural
engineer, Arup, an independent firm of designers, engineers, and technical
specialists, and CLF member. "Concrete EPDs provide transparent and trusted
data that allows comparison of environmental performance alongside traditional
performance measures such as compressive strength. This will allow designers,
like us, to exercise our power to reduce the embodied impacts of structures."

"The advancement of PCRs and EPDs is one of the most significant areas of
disclosure that we can envision for our industry", said Phil Williams, vice
president, sustainability and technical systems, Webcor Builders. "We are
looking forward to having a growing number of products and companies provide
EPDs and recognize that not just green house gases, but also other metrics
such as water intensities and chemicals are becoming key measures of quality
for the built environment."

Related Resources

  oThe Central Concrete EPD is available in these two locations:

       oCentral Concrete site:
         http://centralconcrete.com/wp-content/themes/centralconcrete/images/PDFs/Central_Concrete_EPD.pdf
       oThird party verifier site: NRMCA:
         http://www.nrmca.org/sustainability/EPDProgram/Central_Concrete_EPD.pdf

  oWhy Scalable Environmental Product Labeling is Key to a Sustainable
    Economy: A Case Study on the Development of Central Concrete's EPDs.
    Produced by Climate Earth. Available on line.
    http://centralconcrete.com/wp-content/themes/centralconcrete/images/PDFs/EPD_At_Scale_FINAL.pdf
  oEPDs: An Inside Look at the Keys to a Successful Implementation. This
    presentation looks at the standard and methodologies needed to execute a
    successful EPD program. Presenter: Chris Erickson, President and CEO,
    Climate Earth. Venue: Concrete Sustainability Conference. Available upon
    request.
  oNRMCA EPD Program Defined.
    http://www.nrmca.org/sustainability/EPDProgram/Index.asp
  oCarbon Leadership Forum website. Provides resource links to learn more
    about LCA in the building industry. www.carbonleadershipforum.org
  oCLF Product Category Rules. Details of the EPD reporting methodology and
    background on development of the PCR.
    http://www.carbonleadershipforum.org/Carbon_Leadership_fourm/PCR.html
  o2030 Challenge for Products. Non-profit advocating the use of EPDs to
    track and reduce the carbon footprint of products.
    http://architecture2030.org/2030_challenge/products

About Central Concrete
Central Concrete Supply Co., Inc., a business unit of U.S. Concrete, Inc.
(NASDAQ-USCR), has been serving the San Francisco Bay Area for over 60 years.
The company is recognized for engineering higher-performing concrete than
traditional concrete, while significantly lowering the carbon footprint with
its low C0[2] mixes.

Unlike traditional concrete, Central's standard mixes deliver 50% or greater
cement replacement materials, thereby significantly reducing the carbon
footprint of the project under construction. Central Concrete is recognized
for supplying its low CO[2] mixes to numerous San Francisco Bay Area signature
projects, including the Cathedral of Christ the Light Church, Oakland;
California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco – the world's greenest museum;
NASA Ames Sustainability Base, Mountain View – the greenest federal building
in the U.S.; David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Los Altos – largest net-zero
building in California; the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC)
headquarters – San Francisco's greenest office building; the recently opened
Stanford Bing Concert Hall, Exploratorium of San Francisco and Devil's Slide
and Tunnels; and the new Santa Clara 49er Stadium.

With 12 locations in the San Francisco Bay Area, Central Concrete offers
multiple points of service to meet the diverse operational needs of its
customers.

SOURCE Central Concrete

Website: http://centralconcrete.com
Contact: Anne Banta, Marketing and Communications, Central Concrete,
anne@banta.org, office: 831-293-8008, mobile: 650-400-9673
 
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