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A shift to performance-based

specifications for concrete,

with a focus on innovation, quality,

and customer satisfaction.



A shift to performance-based specifications is the next logical step in the evolution of the ready mixed concrete industry. Performance-based specifications provide details of required results such as strength and other mechanical properties along with requirements for durability and serviceability. The results are verifiable through measurement or testing to assure the product meets the desired requirements. And finally, performance-based specifications are free of process limitations such as mixture proportions and construction methods. Performance-based specifications encourage innovative products and construction methods along with rigorous quality management systems that lead to superior products and satisfied customers.


The ready mixed concrete industry recognizes customer needs will best be served through innovative concrete technology and improved quality—the outcomes of performance-based specifications. Led by the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA), the ready mixed concrete industry has established the P2P Initiative to promote a shift from traditional prescriptive specifications to performance specifications for concrete. P2P is an acronym for Prescription to Performance specifications. Click here to learn more about the P2P Initiative.




P2P Resources


This helpful selection of downloadable PDF documents ranges from learning brochures to example specifications, including specification guides published by NRMCA and the RMC Research & Education Foundation.

Featured is
the new publication Guide to Improving Specifications for Ready Mixed Concrete, authored by NRMCA's Research, Engineering and Standards Committee. It was developed based on comments and issues that arose while reviewing actual project specifications used in the concrete construction industry. CLICK HERE to learn more about the document, download a free copy, or purchase a copy through the NRMCA E-Store.





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