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NRMCA EPD Program

 

FREE WEBINAR

 

How to Use the NRMCA Industry-Wide EPD
and Benchmark Report

 

This webinar is designed specifically for NRMCA members who participated in the NRMCA Industry-Wide EPD and Benchmark Report development, although others are welcome. It will discuss the purpose of the EPD and Benchmark Report and how it can be used to demonstrate compliance with LEED v4 and other standards. It presents ideas on how they can be used to position a company as a leader in green building and the transparency movement.

 

Download the Industry-Wide EPD.

 

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Register for a session now by clicking a date below:

 

Tue, Nov 4, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST

 

Tue, Nov 11, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST

 

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Verified (certified) EPDs and LEED v4

Directory of Concrete Product EPDs

NRMCA Industry Wide EPD for Concrete

NRMCA Industry Baselines (Averages)

EPD Webinar

NRMCA EPD Program Details

NRMCA EPD Program Verfiers / LCA Consultants

Product Category Rules

 


Verified (Certified) Concrete Product EPDs

LEED v4, Architecture 2030 Challenge for Products and the International Green Construction Code request building product manufacturers to submit Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) to demonstrate environmental performance of their products. LEED v4 provides 2 points for a project that can document: 1) having 20 products and materials with EPDs and 2) having 50% of the products by cost demonstrating lower impacts than industry baselines through EPDs. LEED v4 values different types of EPDs as follows:

    • Self declared EPDs are worth 1/4 value (not third party verified)
    • Industry average EPDs are worth 1/2 value (third party verified)
    • Product Specific EPDs are worth full value (third party verified)

In LEED v4, a “product” is defined by the distinct function it serves. That means concrete has the advantage of contributing significantly because of concrete’s wide range of applications or functions. For example, footings, foundations walls, shear walls, bearing walls, columns, beams, slabs, sidewalks and parking areas, each with a unique mix design, would all be considered different products in LEED v4 and therefore contribute significantly to the 20 required products or the 50% of products by cost used in a building.

Click here to download a guide to specifying concrete for LEED v4 projects.

Third party verified plant specific EPDs (worth full value in LEED v4)*:

Concrete product EPDs verified under NRMCA's EPD Program
EPD Number Declaration Owner /
EPD Program Operator
Declared Product
NRMCAEPD:10001 Central Concrete /
NRMCA
This Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) covers 1,479 concrete products for 7 service areas at 8 concrete plants owned and operated by Central Concrete, a U.S. Concrete Company in the San Francisco Bay Area.
NRMCAEPD:10002 Ceratech /
NRMCA
This Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) covers ekkomaxx™ cement concrete for one industry-average mix produced in the U.S.
NRMCAEPD:10003 Cemex /
NRMCA
This Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) covers 12 concrete products produced by CEMEX at their Pier 92 plant in San Francisco, CA.
NRMCAEPD:10004 Argos Ready Mix South Central /
NRMCA
This Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) covers 19 concrete mixes produced for 18 different concrete plants owned and operated by Argos Ready Mix South Central in the major metropolitan market of Dallas – Ft. Worth.
Other NRMCA member EPDs verified under other EPD Programs*
Link to EPDs Declaration Owner /
EPD Program Operator
Declared Product
Click here Titan Concrete /
NSF International
These Environmental Product Declarations cover 10 concrete products produced by Titan Concrete in Dearfield Beach, FL, a business Titan America.
Click here Argos Ready Mix /
NSF International
These Environmental Product Declarations cover 3 concrete products produced by Argos Ready Mix South Central for the Dallas – Ft. Worth market.
Click here Redi-Mix Concrete /
NSF International
These Environmental Product Declarations cover multiple products for concrete developed and produced at multiple plant locations by Redi-Mix Concrete LLC, a U.S. Concrete Company, in the Dallas / Ft. Worth, North Texas market.
Click here Cadman Inc./
NSF International
These Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) are for post-tension mix designs for commercial and high rise residential applications developed and produced by Cadman Inc for the Seattle, Washington market.

 

* Note: NRMCA does its best to ensure this list is current but in the case for EPDs verified in other EPD programs NRMCA may not have been notified and therefore cannot be responsible for missing information. Contact Lionel Lemay of NRMCA at LLemay@nrmca.org if your company has an EPD and would like to be listed.

 

Click here (coming soon) for a sample letter to use when submitting your product specific EPD for a LEED v4 project.

 


 

NRMCA Industry Wide (Average) EPD (worth 1/2 value in LEED v4):

 
NRMCA sponsored a project to help NRMCA member producers meet the requirements of LEED v4 by providing producers with an industry-wide EPD in accordance with LEED v4. A cradle to gate Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for ready mixed concrete was conducted and an industry wide (average) EPD was produced. The LCA and EPD encompassed concrete for a variety of applications, strengths, durability classes and slumps (or slump flows), and regions so that a producer can use the industry wide EPD during the submittal process for a project requiring an EPD. The EPD represents concrete typically used on a variety of projects including residential, commercial and public construction in different climate zones and in different markets. For the EPD to meet the requirements of LEED v4 for submittal on a project, a concrete producer must have participate in providing data to the LCA and be listed in the EPD. A list of participating companies and plants is included in the appendix of the NRMCA Industry Average EPD.

 

Click here to download the NRMCA Industry-Wide EPD.

Click here to search the list of NRMCA companies and plants that participated in the Industry-Wide EPD.

Click here to download the LCA Report used to develop the NRMCA Industry Wide EPD and Benchmark (Industry Average) Report.

 

Click here (coming soon) for a sample letter to use when submitting the Industry Wide EPD for a LEED v4 project.

 


 

NRMCA Industry Benchmarks (Industry Averages)

 

Using data collected in developing the Industry-Wide EPD for concrete, a set of industry benchmarks (industry averages) for key environmental impacts was developed for the national level and eight NRMCA regions. The benchmarks represent the environmental impacts of products with varying strengths for different applications and exposure conditions. Concrete producers can use these benchmarks to compare their environmental impacts to those of the industry baselines to determine if theirs are lower. This allows concrete producers to participate in Option 2 of the LEED v4 MR Credit on EPDs.

Click here to download the benchmark (industry average) report.

Click here to download the LCA Report used to develop the NRMCA Industry Wide EPD.

 

Click here (coming soon) for a sample cover letter to use when submitting Product Specific EPDs for LEED v4

 


 

Free Webinar: Environmental Product Declarations

 

NRMCA periodically presents Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs). EPDs are third party verified (certified) reports published by product manufacturers that provide quality assured and comparable information regarding environmental performance of their products. Well established in other parts of the world, EPDs are starting to appear in the US as the common methodology for assessing environmental performance of a product. The upcoming LEED v4 Rating System and Architecture 2030 Challenge for Products are starting the demand for EPDs. Join us for an informative 1-1/2 hour webinar as we offer a brief overview of EPDs, the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) that supports them and the Product Category Rules (PCRs) that sets the ground rules for them. In addition, the webinar will discuss NRMCA’s EPD Program and present the first certified EPD for concrete in North America.

 

NEW Watch a Recorded Webinar on EPDs

 

Click here to watch a recording of a Webinar describing the PCR and EPDs.

Click here to download Part 1 of the Webinar presentation.

Click here to download Part 2 of the Webinar presentation.

 


 

NRMCA EPD Program Details

 

NRMCA is an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) Program Operator in order to help concrete producers and concrete product suppliers meet new requirements in green building rating systems such as LEED v4 and other standards and initiatives such as the International Green Construction Code (IgCC) and the Architecture 2030 Challenge for Products. EPDs are third party verified (certified) reports published by product manufacturers that provide quality assured and comparable information regarding environmental performance of their product.

 

EPDs are developed in accordance with strict international standards that include a transparent verification process for adopting Product Category Rules (PCR) by which EPDs are developed and verified (certified). To produce an EPD, a company must perform a comprehensive Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) on a product and report the results in the EPD. The PCR defines, among other things, the functional unit (product to be analyzed), scope and boundaries of the LCA and the environmental impacts to be reported in the EPD. Before the EPD can be published, it must be third party reviewed and verified (certified).

 

NRMCA manages the process of from beginning to end, helping manufacturers identify consultants and tools to perform the prerequisite LCA in order to develop a draft EPD. Once the draft EPD is developed, NRMCA verifies that the LCA and EPD were conducted in accordance with the selected PCR and if so, certifies the EPD.

 

Program Objectives

 

The objective of the NRMCA EPD Program is to facilitate the development, verification (certifiecation) and publishing of certified EPDs for ready mixed concrete and concrete ingredients. To maintain third party objectivity, NRMCA will ensure that an independent verifier reviews and verifies each EPD developed under the program. Verifiers may be an individual or verification body with knowledge of the concrete products industry and related environmental aspects, with process and product knowledge of the product category, and have expertise in LCA methodology. NRMCA will strive to keep up-to-date on the general rules of other related EPD Programs and PCR development. The goal is to make EPDs verified (certified) by NRMCA as consistent as possible with those in other EPD Programs in order to support the use of that information in LEED v4, IgCC, Architecture 2030 Challenge for Products and other green building and environmental programs.

 

Program Instructions

 

NRMCA has developed EPD Program Operator Instructions by which it conduct the NRMCA EPD Program. These rules lay out how NRMCA will adopt and develop PCRs, conduct LCAs, and develop and verify (certify) EPDs. These rules were developed by NRMCA EPD Program Committee and meet the requirements of international standards for developing EPDs. Click here to view the NRMCA EPD Program Operator Instructions.

 

How do I get an NRMCA Verified (Certified) EPD for my Product?

 

Under the NRMCA EPD Program, companies (concrete producers and concrete product suppliers) go through the following steps to receive an NRMCA Certified EPD:

 

Step 1: Select a PCR. The PCR will be the basis for which an LCA Report and draft EPD are developed. NRMCA maintains a list of PCRs it recommends for specific product categories (see below).

 

Step 2: Conduct an LCA on the product based on the selected PCR and produce an LCA Report. A company can do this with in-house staff if it has the expertise or it can engage an independent consultant do this. NRMCA maintains a list of independent consultants that have the capabilities of conducting LCAs and producing LCA Reports. Consultants conducting LCAs and producing LCA Reports contract directly with companies seeking LCAs and do not contract with NRMCA. See below for list of LCA consultants.

 

Step 3: An LCA must be critically reviewed by an independent reviewer. NRMCA can assign one of its independent reviewers to conduct the Critical Review of the LCA.

 

Step 4: Develop a draft EPD from the LCA Report. A company can do this with its own in-house staff if it has the expertise or it can engage an independent consultant do this. NRMCA maintains a list of independent consultants that have the capabilities of developing draft EPDs from LCA Reports. Consultants developing draft EPDs contract directly with companies seeking LCAs and do not contract with NRMCA. See below for a list of LCA consultants.

 

Step 5: Submit the LCA Report and draft EPD to NRMCA for verification (certification). NRMCA conducts a preliminary review of the LCA Report and draft EPD for compliance with its EPD Program. If they meet NRMCA requirements, the LCA Report and draft EPD are sent to an Independent Verifier for review.

 

Step 6: An NRMCA Independent Verifier reviews the LCA Report and draft EPD. If the Independent Verifier determines that the LCA Report and draft EPD meet all the requirements of the applicable international standards, the PCR and the NRMCA EPD Program Operator Rules, the Consultant signs the draft EPD and NRMCA will issue the EPD with the NRMCA Certified EPD logo and publish the EPD on its website.

 

Step 7: Companies can use the NRMCA Certified EPD for project submittals and product marketing.

 

What does it cost for an EPD?

It is relatively expensive and time consuming to develop an EPD. There are basically two steps to the process that will cost money: 1) Conduct an LCA and produce an LCA Report and draft EPD, and 2) Have the LCA Report critically reviewed and the EPD verified (certified). Most companies don't have the expertise in-house to conduct an LCA and produce a draft EPD so they will have to hire a consultant. There are many consultants who have the necessary expertise, but NRMCA recommends the LCA consultants listed below since they are also qualified verifiers in the NRMCA EPD Program and have a detailed knowledge of the NRMCA EPD Program Rules. You will contract directly with the consultant to conduct the LCA and produce an LCA Report and draft EPD.

The second step is to submit the LCA Report and draft EPD to have the EPD verified (certified) by NRMCA. There are 2 different levels of verification fees. Most companies will select Level 1 since they will need to have the LCA Report critically reviewed and their draft EPD verified. However, you can select Level 2 if you already have a critically reviewed LCA from NRMCA and have used the LCA to verify an EPD under the NRMCA program.

Levels of Verification (Certification):

 

Depending on the documentation submitted by the company seeking EPD verification (certification) from NRMCA, there will be different levels of Verification Services (and associated fees) required.

 

Level 1: Conduct a Critical Review of an LCA Report and Independent Verification of a draft EPD based on the LCA Report to determine if they meet the requirements of the PCR, ISO 14040, ISO 14025 and NRMCA EPD Program Operator Rules. If all the requirements are met, NRMCA issues a Certified EPD.

  

Level 2: Conduct an Independent Verification of a draft EPD developed from a critically reviewed LCA Report that has been used as support for previously NRMCA verified (certified) EPD(s) from the same company and is similar to previously NRMCA verified (certified) EPD(s) to determine if it meets all the requirements of the PCR, ISO 14025 and NRMCA EPD Program Operator Rules. If all requirements are met, NRMCA certifies the EPD.

Verification (Certification) Fees:

NRMCA Member:

q    Level 1 Verification: $3500.00 U.S.* or other NRMCA additional fee.

q    Level 2 Verification: $1250.00 U.S.* or other NRMCA additional fee.

Non-member:

q    Level 1 Verification: $5000.00 U.S.* or other NRMCA additional fee.

q    Level 2 Verification: $2000.00 U.S.* or other NRMCA additional fee.

 

*This fee covers an EPD for up to 3 plants with up to 30 mix designs per plant. For more plants and mix designs, contact Lionel Lemay of NRMCA, LLemay@nrmca.org for fee schedule / negotiated fee.

Submit an EPD for Verification (Certification)

Click here to download the Verification (Certification) Submittal Form and follow the instructions on the form for submitting payment and documentation.

NRMCA EPD Program Verifiers (LCA Consultants)

The following is a list of NRMCA EPD Program Verifiers. When you submit your LCA Report and draft EPD for verification (certification), NRMCA randomly selects one of these LCA experts to verify your EPD. You can also select one of these experts to conduct an LCA and produce and LCA Report and draft EPD.**

Company Contact E-mail Phone
Athena Institute Jamie Meil jamie.meil@athenasmi.org 613-729-9996 Ext. 224
Climate Earth Chris Erickson chris@climateearth.com 415-391-2725
NSF International Amber Dzikowicz adzikowicz@nsf.org (734) 769-8010

** You will contract directly with the LCA experts to conduct an LCA and produce an LCA Report and draft EPD.

Product Category Rules

The following is a list of PCRs adopted by NRMCA for concrete and concrete ingredients:

Product EPD Program where PCR is registered*** Download
Concrete Carbon Leadership Forum Click here to download the PCR
Cement The International EPD System Click here to download the PCR

***PCRs can be registered by any EPD Program. Any EPD Program can adopt a PCR developed by another EPD Program.

For questions contact Lionel Lemay at NRMCA, LLemay@nrmca.org, 847-918-7101.

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