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Sustainability News
North American Precast Concrete Industry Issues Environmental Product Declarations in Three Key Precast Concrete Product Categories
OTTAWA, ON AND Chicago, IL ­AND Carmel, IN, Jan. 12, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - The North American Precast Concrete industry is pleased to announce the release of Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) in three key precast concrete product categories. The EPDs will allow architects, engineers, building owners, and other specifiers to better understand the environmental impacts of precast and prestressed concrete products. The precast concrete industry wide EPDs are now available for Architectural and Insulated Wall Panels, Structural Precast Concrete Products and Underground Precast Concrete Products.
Latest Sustainable Plant Performance Report Published
The goal of the Sustainable Plant Program is to benchmark the precast industry’s impact on the environment in the areas of global warming potential, energy use, water use, and waste, dust, and noise generation. Participating plants have now been reporting for over 3 years. The plants report their tracked impacts on a quarterly basis, the results of which are presented in this report along with the most recent quarterly results. The latest report is now available for download.
CPCI at Greenbuild 2014
The Greenbuild 2014 conference in New Orleans, LA was well attended. However, as in previous years, the wood industry had an overpowering presence. CPCI’s experience was quite positive as the promotion of the North American Precast Concrete Sustainable Plant Program and the Precast Concrete EPDs were of great interest to the Greenbuild audience. Click on the link below for more information.
North American Precast Concrete Sustainable Plant Program Launched
After creating the CPCI Sustainable Plant Program, the National Precast Concrete Association (NPCA) and the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) showed interest in offering this program to their members. The three associations worked together to develop a North American sustainable plant program for the precast concrete industry. Although PCI and NPCA are still in the trial phase, we hope to have enough reported data to create a North American report in the near future. The North American Precast Concrete Sustainable Plant Program was promoted at the CPCI booth at Greenbuild on October 22-23 in New Orleans, LA. Click on the link below for more information on the program and to view the new brochure.
EPDs on the forefront of Sustainability
With the proliferation ofeco-labels and green certificationsworldwide, it can be confusingdetermining a product’senvironmental attributes. Wellestablished in other parts ofthe world, EPDs are starting toappear in North America asthe common methodologyfor assessing the potentialenvironmental performance ofa product. The CaGBC LEED v4Rating System and Architecture2030 are emphasizing thedemand for EPDs, by addressingtransparency in environmentallifecycle impacts and theselection of building productswith improved lifecycles.
Lafarge’s expansion in Exshaw achieves major environmental milestone
On August 19th, 2014, Lafarge Canada Inc. announced its cement plant in Exshaw, Alberta has met its target to reduce emissions of dust, sulphur dioxide (SO2) and oxides of nitrogen (NOx) from its existing cement kiln line, and achieved zero water discharge from its operations. As part of its expansion, which will increase manufacturing capacity by 60%, Lafarge upgraded an existing manufacturing line and is constructing a new kiln line. With the upgrade of the existing line now complete, Exshaw has reduced emissions significantly, with SO2 reduced by 60% and as well as a 40% reduction in NOx.
Version 2 of the CPCI Sustainable Plant Program Software Launched
The next generation of the CPCI sustainable plant software was launched in April 2014. Changes have been made to accommodate our partners in the US (NPCA and PCI) who require imperial units. Additional fields have been added on other materials (admixtures, reinforcing etc.) and alternative cements such as PLC. Also added is the option to input recycled water reuse and renewable on-site generated energy that is used in some states at precast facilities such as solar and wind. To learn more about the program, click below.
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