Central Concrete Joins Google, BASF, DPR Construction, KPFF Consulting Engineers and MIT to Discuss the Role of Transparency and

    Central Concrete Joins Google, BASF, DPR Construction, KPFF Consulting
Engineers and MIT to Discuss the Role of Transparency and Material Ingredient
      Disclosure at the International Concrete Sustainability Conference

Panel takes a closer look at Google's Healthy Building Program, while
exploring the role of concrete

PR Newswire

SAN JOSE, Calif., May 6, 2013

SAN JOSE, Calif., May 6, 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 would be
joining representatives from Google, Inc., BASF, DPR Construction, KPFF
Consulting Engineers and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to discuss
Transparency and Material Ingredient Disclosure – What Google is Doing to Keep
its Buildings Healthy at the 2013 International Concrete Sustainability
Conference, to be held May 6-8 in the San Francisco Bay Area. Central Concrete
will also co-present a technical session on EPDs: An Inside Look at the Keys
to Successful Implementation and moderate a discussion on Life Cycle
Assessment.

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Transparency and Material Ingredient Disclosure – What Google is Doing to Keep
its Buildings Healthy

Michael Fletcher, senior advisor for the BASF Center for Building Excellence,
will open the panel discussion on Transparency and Material Ingredient
Disclosure – What Google is Doing to Keep its Buildings Healthy. Recognizing
that many building owners are seeking ways to evaluate and compare the
environmental impact and contents of building materials, Fletcher will explore
the role of transparency and how it relates to 'precautionary' vs. 'risk'
schools of thought. Caspar Wagner, Google green team design and construction
lead, will then take a closer look at the Google Bay View Project and describe
how Google used these transparency principles when implementing the Google
Healthy Materials Program.

The Google case study will be followed by a panel discussion. Panelists will
describe current trends in transparency and material disclosure, discuss how
to evaluate and respond to an owner's 'healthy building' requirements, and
share information on current and projected innovations in sustainable
concrete.

In addition to Fletcher and Wagner, roundtable panelists include:

  oJeff Davis, vice president and general manager, Central Concrete Supply, a
    U.S. Concrete Company
  oTed van Der Linden, director of sustainability, DPR Construction
  oBlake Inouye, structural engineer and associate, KPFF Consulting Engineers
  oFranz-Josef Ulm, PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

EPDs: An Inside Look at the Keys to Successful Implementation

As today's building owners increasingly endeavor to build greener buildings,
members of the design team seek proven and verified product labels. This has
led to the recent development of Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) – a
standardized label designed to communicate the environmental impacts of a
product in a scientifically sound, streamlined and comparable way. At the
International Concrete Sustainability Conference, Chris Erickson, president
and CEO of Climate Earth, a provider of systems, data and services for
sustainable management, and Jeff Davis, vice president and general manager,
Central Concrete, will take an inside look at how Central Concrete became the
first ready-mix supplier in the U.S. to adopt and receive external
verification of its EPDs.

Life Cycle Assessment

Ryan Henkensiefken, business development engineer at Central Concrete, will
moderate a technical session on Life Cycle Assessment. The topics to be
addressed are: Comparative Analysis of the Life-Cycle Impact Assessment of
Cement Mortar Mixes Using the Green Concrete LCA Tool presented by Arpad
Horvath, University of California Berkeley; An Approach for Analyzing Cost and
Energy Performance Trade-offs in Residential Building Wall Systems presented
by Jeremy Gregory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and 10 Questions LCA
Can Answer about Concrete Buildings presented by Frances Yang, Arup.

Related Resource
Why 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. Read PDF »

About 2013 Concrete Sustainability Conference
The 2013 International Concrete Sustainability Conference, sponsored by the
National Ready Mix Association (NRMCA), provides learning and networking
opportunities on the latest advances, technical knowledge, continuing
research, tools and solutions for sustainable concrete manufacturing and
construction.

  oDates: May 6-8, 2013
  oLocation: Hotel Sofitel, Redwood City, located in the San Francisco Bay
    Area
  oFor more information visit:
    http://www.concretesustainabilityconference.org/sanfrancisco/

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 more than 60
years. The company is recognized for engineering higher-performing concrete
than traditional concrete, while significantly lowering the carbon footprint
with its low CO[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. For more information visit: http://centralconcrete.com.

SOURCE Central Concrete Supply Co., Inc.

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