Central Concrete Joins USGBC-NCC Building Health Initiative as a Founding Partner

Central Concrete Joins USGBC-NCC Building Health Initiative as a Founding

Coalition Pledges to Promote Healthy Buildings and Communities

SAN JOSE, Calif., 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[2] concrete to the San Francisco Bay Area, 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 29th. 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 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 they measurably contribute 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)




Google, Inc.

Hanson Bridgett LLP

Kaiser Permanente

Webcor Builders

Wendel Rosen Black and Dean, LLP

XL Construction


Armstrong World Industries, Inc.


Central Concrete Supply Co., Inc., a business unit of U.S. Concrete, Inc.

HDR, Inc.


Integral Group

Interface, Inc.

National Electrical Contractors Association & the International Brotherhood of
Electrical Workers

PE International



Swinerton Builders

VIEW, Inc.

Non-profit & Government

City of San Francisco

First Community Housing

Health Begins

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[2] 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[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 (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
Bay Bridge.

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.

CONTACT: Company contact:
         Anne Banta
         Marketing and Communications, Central Concrete
         office: 831-293-8008
         mobile: 650-400-9673

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