Precast Coalition Releases Industry Wide EPDs

Precast Coalition Releases Industry Wide EPDs

November 28, 2016

  By Claude Goguen, PE, LEED AP, Director of Sustainability and Technical Education, National Precast Concrete Association In a few short years, sustainability has evolved from a buzzword into an industry as green building continues to grow rapidly around the world. The latest World Green Building Trends 2016 Smart Market Report, released by Dodge Data … Read More

Concrete’s Contribution to Product Transparency

Concrete’s Contribution to Product Transparency

October 4, 2016

James Bogdan, Senior Director, Sustainability Initiatives for the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association   It’s been said that business is marketing in the age of transparency. Companies and businesses are realizing that consumer access to information is influencing their purchasing decisions. This is apparent in social media with likes, shares, comments and ratings. And now, … Read More

Cradle-to-Grave vs. Cradle-to-Gate

Cradle-to-Grave vs. Cradle-to-Gate

June 3, 2016

When sustainable building was a new concept, materials were generally chosen based upon a single attribute—recycled content, for example, or low VOC emissions. Now it has become clear that trade-offs are inherent with this method. For example, a material that contains a large percentage of recycled content may also be a material that has a … Read More

Environmental Product Declarations: What are they worth to your project?

Environmental Product Declarations: What are they worth to your project?

June 3, 2016

By David Shepherd, Director – Sustainable Development, Portland Cement Association When LEED v4 was launched in 2013, it gave a boost to environmental product declarations (EPDs). Along with other voluntary programs such as the Architecture 2030 Challenge for Products and the International Green Construction Code, LEED is awarding points for the use of products with … Read More