Concrete Products

FEB 2019

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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Page 28 of 77 February 2019 • 25 LEED v4.1 PREMIER The U.S. Green Building Council has opened registration for the newest version of its green building certification program, starting with New Construction or LEED BD+C v4.1, and Interior Spaces, LEED v4.1 ID+C categories. "The hallmark of LEED is 'continuous improvement'—and that is exactly where we are going with LEED v4.1," says USGBC CEO Mahesh Ramanujam. "LEED v4.1 is set to raise the bar. It is the most comprehensive, collab- orative, accessible and effective LEED system to date. From improving energy performance to emphasizing human health and integrative building design, LEED is encouraging project teams to operate beyond the status quo." The goal is to make the rating system more accessible to more projects based on lessons learned from LEED v4 project teams, he adds. The newest beta version updates per- formance thresholds and referenced standards to ensure LEED remains the global leadership standard for green buildings and continues to expand the marketplace for project cer- tification. The changes also advocate for improved performance throughout the life of buildings; rewards leaders based on their performance; and, incorporates performance reporting to enable building owners to track progress toward environmental, social and governance goals. "LEED v4.1 is aimed at addressing the challenges project teams face as they pursue their sustainability goals," observes USGBC Senior Vice President Melissa Baker. "BD+C updates referenced standards to encourage leadership and responds to market feedback. ID+C updates mirror BD+C while also focus- ing on the realities teams experience as they interact with their base building." With an eye to broad implementa- tion, USGBC is presenting LEED v4.1 as an accessible, user-friendly and agile tool. To participate, users can register using LEED Online, review the LEED v4.1 Beta Guide and download the LEED v4.1 rating system. The latest education videos and live online webinars featuring USGBC subject matter experts are also available. USGBC staff will be on hand at regional events and Greenbuild 2019, November 20-22, Atlanta. LEED v4.1 candidates will be on track to join a roster of 96,000-plus commercial projects across 167 countries and territories participating in the green building certification program. — Materials Institute. The Ottawa-based consul- tant facilitated the first two versions, and has also assisted the National Precast Concrete Association and Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute with EPD and sustainable plant cer- tification program development. Athena will support a confidential plat- form through which ready mixed producers submit such operations data as energy and material use, waste volume, raw material transportation and water consumption. A roster of participants will be finalized this month. NRMCA requests that member or non-member producers wishing to partici- pate in the IW-EPD designate a point person responsible for collecting and relaying oper- ations data. Athena will conduct online surveys and work with the primary contact to define reporting plants and what data to col- lect. Producers must register by completing a form posted it and forwarding it to NRMCA Manager, Cus- tomer Service Jacques Jenkins, jjenkins@ Participation fees are $50/plant (members), $250/plant (nonmembers). Additional information on the IW-EPD v3 and 2019 Product Category Rule for Concrete can be obtained from NRMCA Senior Director – Sustainability Initiatives James Bogdan, 412/420-4138, NEWS SCOPE STANDARDS New From Fister Inc! Armorgard Steel Coat • 1st Coating of it's kind • Specifically designed for Steel • 100% solids/V.O.C. & B.G.E. Free • Single coat application • Extremely durable & long lasting • User friendly simple 1:1 mix ratio • Strong adhesion to prepared steel 1-800-339-9534 • Always in stock! Same day shipping available!

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