EPDs on the forefront of Sustainability

With the proliferation of eco-labels and green certifications worldwide, it can be confusing determining a product’s environmental attributes. Well established in other parts of the world, EPDs are starting to appear in North America as the common methodology for assessing the potential environmental performance of a product. The CaGBC LEED v4 Rating System and Architecture 2030 are emphasizing the demand for EPDs, by addressing transparency in environmental lifecycle impacts and the selection of building products with improved lifecycles.

CPCI members are working to be among the first concrete manufacturers in North America to achieve a third-party verified EPD, providing comprehensive, uniform details about a product’s composition and environmental impact throughout its lifecycle. North American Precast Concrete associations are working together with ASTM International and the Athena Sustainable Materials Institute (ASMI) to achieve a third-party verified EPD which will be available in the fall of 2014. 

Ask insightful questions before making a decision. Expect transparency. Learn about our commitment to transparency through our Life Cycle Assessment of Precast Commercial Buildings and our quarterly CPCI Sustainable Plant Report. 

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