Concrete Products

MAR 2016

Concrete Products covers the issues that attract producers of ready mixed and manufactured concrete focusing on equipment and material technology, market development and management topics.

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30 • March 2016 Teamed under the North American Precast Concrete industry banner, the Nation- al Precast Concrete Association, Precast/ Prestressed Concrete Institute and Canadi- an Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute have published Environmental Product Declarations for Architectural and Insulat- ed Wall Panels, Structural Precast Concrete and Underground Precast—each document affording architects, engineers, building owners, and other project stakeholders insight on manufactured-concrete environ- mental impacts. EPD content is based on an ISO‐compli- ant, third party-verified Life Cycle Assess- ment (LCA). Analysis considers all manufac- turing phases, from raw material extraction to final production. Prepared according to internationally recognized protocol, EPDs are rapidly emerging among building and NPCA, PCI, CPCI pen Environmental Product Declarations in principal categories NEWS SCOPE ORGANIZATIONS construction material and product interests in response to customer demand and incentives accompanying the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED v4 green building rating system and Amer- ican Institute of Architects' Architecture 2030 Challenge for Products. NPCA, PCI and CPCI issued the industry-wide EPDs within clearly defined groups based on the precast concrete Product Category Rules (PCR). The EPDs were independently prepared by Ath- ena Sustainable Materials Institute, Ottawa, in accordance with ISO 14025 and ISO 21930, the Product Category Rules for Preparing an Envi- ronmental Product Declaration for Precast Con- crete (UN CPC 3755); and ASTM International's EPD Program Operator guidelines. They were also independently verified by ASTM International, per ISO 14025, and Industrial Ecology Consul- tants, per ISO 14025 and the PCR. The three EPDs are among early NPCA, PCI and CPCI "body of knowledge" projects support- ing North American precast concrete interests. The groups envision additional development of materi- als or programs supporting precast-centered build- ing codes, design guides, educational programs, certification, sustainability efforts, and research. Free copies of Architectural, Structural and Under- ground Precast pdfs can be obtained through the Environmental Product Declarations tab at www. Tools to move you beyond ordinary. The trio of extraordinary software applications by StructureWorks ® 407.367.2400 Improve your productivity. Enhance your bottom line.

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