Central Concrete Joins the Building Health Initiative by the Northern
California Chapter of the USGBC as a Founding Partner
Coalition Pledges to Promote Healthy Buildings and Communities
EULESS, Texas, Oct. 31, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Central Concrete Supply Co.,
Inc., a business unit of U.S. Concrete, Inc. (Nasdaq:USCR), and the leader in
delivering low-CO concrete to the San Francisco Bay Area, announced
yesterday that it has joined, as a founding member, a unique coalition of
commercial building owners and tenants; architects, engineers and builders;
building product manufacturers; legal professionals; labor and healthcare
professionals and institutions to promote human health through green building.
The U.S. Green Building Council-Northern California Chapter (USGBC-NCC)
officially launched the Building Health Initiative at its annual Super Heroes
Awards Gala on Tuesday, October 29^th. Featuring a diverse array of actions,
the initiative will facilitate sharing of best practices and collaboration
among its members.
As a founding member of the Carbon Leadership Forum, and now the Building
Health Initiative, Central Concrete continues to drive standards,
transparency, and actions that promote a more sustainable and healthy built
environment. Central Concrete was the first ready-mix concrete 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 the
International Organization for Standardization's ISO 14025 and ISO 21930.
In addition to Central Concrete, founding members include Adobe, CalPERS,
Genentech, Google, Kaiser Permanente, salesforce.com, University of
California, San Francisco (UCSF) and 20 other corporations and institutions,
committed to elevate green building as a public health benefit and accelerate
the development of transparency standards in building materials.
"This is the first time major corporations and institutions from multiple
sectors have come together to publicly commit to improving human health
through green building," said Dan Geiger, executive director of USGBC-NCC.
"Each partner has pledged to implement new organizational actions that have
direct effects and generate awareness of how the built environment affects our
well-being. This is a tremendous stimulus for the movement for healthy
communities for all."
Initiative advisory board member Elizabeth Baca, M.D., M.P.A., a physician
engaged in policy to improve the built environment, said, "there is a growing
recognition in medicine that the built environment has significant health
impacts. Physicians want to understand the underlying causes of their
patients' conditions. That's why we ask, 'Where do you work, live and play?'
It is imperative that the medical profession and building industries learn
from one another about the health impacts of the built environment."
As part of phase one of the initiative, Adobe, Genentech, Google and
salesforce.com have pledged to develop procurement practices and processes
that consider materials transparency and emerging standards such as Health
Product Declarations (HPDs). In addition, Adobe will study its LEED certified
workplaces to determine if theymeasurablycontribute to more collaborative,
creative, innovative andhealthy employees.Other partner pledges include
creating resources for affordable housing, community outreach, researching the
relationship between climate change and health, educating clients and peers
about health impacts of the built environment and developing Environmental
Product Declarations (EPDs).
Phase two of the initiative will be a series of educational programs and
events held over the next two years, including best practice sharing and
inter-disciplinary programs developed with the founding partners.
Founding partners include:
California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS)
Hanson Bridgett LLP
Wendel Rosen Black and Dean, LLP
Armstrong World Industries, Inc.
Central Concrete Supply Co., Inc., a business unit of U.S. Concrete, Inc.
National Electrical Contractors Association & the International Brotherhood of
Non-profit & Government
City of San Francisco
First Community Housing
Healthy Building Network
University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine
About U.S. Green Building Council-Northern California Chapter
U.S. Green Building Council-Northern California Chapter is the regional
affiliate of USGBC.Home to approximately six percent of worldwide LEED®
certified square footage; the Chapter encompasses most of Northern California
and is the leading green building organization in the region. USGBC-NCC
educates, inspires and provides resources for industry transformation to build
and maintain sustainable communities.
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 carbon footprints with
its low-C0 mixes.
Unlike traditional concrete, Central Concrete'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 mixes to numerous San Francisco Bay
Area signature projects, including the Cathedral of Christ the Light Church,
Oakland; California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco (world's greenest
museum); NASA Ames Sustainability Base, Mountain View (greenest federal
building in the U.S.); David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Los Altos (largest
net-zero private office building in Calif.); the San Francisco Public
Utilities Commission headquarters (San Francisco's greenest office building);
the new Santa Clara San Francisco 49ers stadium; and the San Francisco-Oakland
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 www.centralconcrete.com.
About U.S. Concrete
U.S. Concrete services the construction industry in several major markets in
the United States through its two business segments: ready-mixed concrete and
aggregate products. The Company has 105 fixed and 10 portable ready-mixed
concrete plants and seven producing aggregates facilities. During 2012, U.S.
Concrete produced approximately 4.8 million cubic yards of ready-mixed
concrete and approximately 3.3 million tons of aggregates. For more
information on U.S. Concrete, visit www.us-concrete.com.
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that are based on management's belief, as well as assumptions made by and
information currently available to management. These forward-looking
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rely unduly on them. Forward-looking information includes, but is not limited
to, statements regarding: the stability of the business; ready-mix backlog;
ability to maintain our cost structure and the improvements achieved during
our restructuring; ability to maximize liquidity, monitor fixed costs, manage
variable costs, control capital spending and monitor working capital usage;
and the adequacy of current liquidity. Although U.S. Concrete believes that
the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable,
it can give no assurance that those expectations will prove to have been
correct. Such statements are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and
assumptions, including, among other matters: general and regional economic
conditions; the level of activity in the construction industry; the ability of
U.S. Concrete to complete acquisitions and to effectively integrate the
operations of acquired companies; development of adequate management
infrastructure; departure of key personnel; access to labor; union disruption;
competitive factors; government regulations; exposure to environmental and
other liabilities; the cyclical and seasonal nature of U.S. Concrete's
business; adverse weather conditions; the availability and pricing of raw
materials; the availability of refinancing alternatives; and general risks
related to the industry and markets in which U.S. Concrete operates. Should
one or more of these risks materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove
incorrect, actual results or outcomes may vary materially from those expected.
These risks, as well as others, are discussed in greater detail in U.S.
Concrete's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including U.S.
Concrete's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012 and
subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.
CONTACT: Company contact:
Marketing Communications Manager, U.S. Concrete
Marketing and Communications, Central Concrete
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