NRMCA Introduces System Level EPD Program to Help Concrete Producers’ Green Building Efforts

NRMCA verifies Climate Earth’s Enterprise EPD system on behalf of Martin Marietta

Silver Spring, MD – November 14, 2016 – The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) has introduced a new system level Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) verification program to help its members meet new product transparency credits in LEED v4 and other green building standards. The new program meets strict international standards for EPD verification, but streamlines the process to verify EPDs more efficiently. Rather than verify a fixed set of product specific EPDs, the program verifies the software program used to generate environmental impacts of a specific concrete product (mix). This enables a producer to generate new product specific EPDs as needed for each project. NRMCA introduced the program in recognition of growing demand and increasing emphasis on corporate and product transparency in the green building marketplace.

NRMCA member Martin Marietta is the first concrete producer to verify EPDs using the new system level EPD verification procedure. It used an enterprise software tool developed by Climate Earth to generate EPDs that cover 50 concrete mixes produced at six plants in the Rocky Mountain region of the U.S. The software and underlying life cycle data for each plant was reviewed and verified by Sustainable Solutions Corporation, a verifier in NRMCA’s EPD program. From this point forward, Martin Marietta can generate EPDs on-demand from each of its six plants using the Climate Earth tool. The verification process and background data is checked periodically to ensure consistency and accuracy.

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Implementing a system verification program for EPDs once again demonstrates that the ready mixed concrete industry is a leader in the transparency movement. NRMCA was one of the first industry groups to launch an EPD program in the U.S.; one of the first to generate an industry-wide EPD and now is one of the first to develop a system level EPD verification procedure.

“Concrete producers lead the way with over 2,400 products verified in NRMCA’s EPD program,” said NRMCA President Robert Garbini. “We’re proud to be able to offer this new system verification program, making the process of developing EPDs more efficient for our members.”

Stoneway Concrete Implements EPD On-Demand

Partners with Climate Earth to generate environmental product declarations instantly for any mix

Recognizing the growth in the green building market and to further strengthen the company commitment to environmental stewardship, Stoneway Concrete is the first producer in  the Northwest to implement Climate Earth’s EPD generator.  The system offers the capability to log on to a secure website and instantly generate an environmental product declaration (EPD) for any new or existing mix. stoneway-uiClimate Earth implemented software technology that enables the ‘on-demand’ generation of a verified EPD for any mix. The system was verified under the Earthsure program at the Institute for Environmental Research and Education (IERE).  In addition to maximizing LEED points for green building projects, the technology enables Stoneway to collaborate with customers to design new mixes simultaneously evaluating environmental performance and traditional performance characteristics such as compressive strength and slump.

EPDs are posted on the IERE site:  http://iere.org/programs/earthsure/earthsure-epds.htm

Commenting on the technology, Greg McKinnon, Operations Manager at Stoneway stated, “Implementing EPD automation technology is very cost effective and consistent with our long stated objective of providing our customers with the best possible mix designs for any job while always considering the environmental performance of our products.  This on-demand software based approach to EPDs from Climate Earth also ensures that our environmental measures and our EPDs will always be current and up to date.  As we implement new processes, and incorporate new materials, the environmental improvements will be captured in the Climate Earth database and reflected in our EPDs.”

“Our strategic focus is to lower the cost of EPDs and help make the growing demand for product transparency easy for our customers to achieve.  Working with leading organizations like Stoneway is a big step forward in achieving these two objectives” said Chris Erickson, CEO of Climate Earth.

About Stoneway:  Stoneway Concrete is a locally owned supplier of ready mix concrete, sand & gravel located in the Seattle, Washington area.  The company has been in business since 1928. For more information contact Greg McKinnon, Operations Manager at (425) 226-1000 or at gmckinnon@stonewayconcrete.com.

About IERE: IERE (the Institute for Environmental Research and Education) is a non-profit with a mission to undertake and disseminate comprehensive, fact-based research for use in the development of responsible environmental policy, programs and decisions. Through its Earthsure program, IERE was the first Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) Program Operator in the Americas and it remains the only environmental non-governmental organization that is a program operator.

More information is available at www.iere.org.

About Climate Earth: Climate Earth combines software and big data analytics with the science of life cycle assessment, to create cost effective solutions to help manage environmental impacts. Applications focus on the supply chain and product portfolio. EPD Enterprise, our scalable, on-demand EPD generator is available with a setup fee and a subscription service.

For more information: Contact Chris Erickson at Chris@climateearth.com, call 415-391-2725 or go to www.climateearth.com

Merck relies on Climate Earth for Supply Chain Scope 3 Footprint

Merck and Co. one of the worlds largest pharmaceutical companies relies on Climate Earth technology to calculate the greenhouse gas footprint of purchased goods and services, capital good acquisition, employee commute, business travel and upstream transportation and distribution. The analysis is performed annually and results reported to CDP since 2014.

For more detailed information the Merck report is available here.

Merck Scope 3 reporting summary