Environmental Product Declarations

Concrete product EPDs verified under NRMCA’s EPD


NRMCA IW EPD and Benchmark Report v4.0

NRMCA is undergoing a revision to the Industry-Wide Environmental Product Declaration (IW EPD) and Benchmark Report for ready mixed concrete this year. We invite you to participate in Version 4.0 of the IW EPD and Benchmark Report to ensure the latest environmental data are included per the international standards.

How do you participate? To participate in the NRMCA IW-EPD v4, please download and complete the application form and email it here no later than October 27

Where do I get more information? Watch the recorded webinar here | Download the presentation here
 
Questions? Contact Matthew Lemay, or call (847) 323-0413.


Introduction: Environmental Product Declarations

NRMCA Certified EPD

An Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) is a communication document that quantifies environmental impact data from manufacturing a product. It is a summarized report extracted from an in-depth Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) that complies with the ISO 14040 series. Although environmental disclosure can found in a variety of reports, they are most often cited as an Industry-Average EPD, or preferably, a Product-Specific EPD.

EPDs are being specified in green building standards and codes (LEED, IGCC) v4, advocacy initiatives (Architecture 2030 Challenge for Products) and even referenced in State and Local legislation. These types of market-based and regulatory initiatives are driving an increase of EPDs in many industries and product categories.

Note: In LEED 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.

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

Published third party verified plant specific EPDs (worth full value in LEED v4)*

EPD Number Declaration Owner/
EPD Program Operator
Declared Product
NRMCAEPD: 10001 Central Concrete/NRMCAThis Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) covers 1,479 concrete products for seven service areas at eight concrete plants owned and operated by Central Concrete, a U.S. Concrete Company in the San Francisco Bay Area.
NRMCAEPD: 10002Ceratech/NRMCAThis Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) covers ekkomaxx™ cement concrete for one industry-average mix produced in the U.S.
NRMCAEPD: 10003Cemex/NRMCAThis 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.
NRMCAEPD: 10005 Cementos Argos Panama/
NRMCA
This Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) covers two concrete mixes produced at the Miraflores concrete plant owned and operated by Cementos Argos Panama in Panama.
NRMCAEPD: 10006 Graniterock/NRMCAThis EPD covers 190 ready mixed concrete products from five concrete production facilities in the San Francisco and Monterey Bay market areas.
NRMCAEPD: 10007GCC/NRMCAThis Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) covers 30 concrete mixes produced by one concrete plant owned and operated by GCC in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
NRMCAEPD: 10008Capitol Aggregates/NRMCAThis is a business-to-business Type III environmental product declaration for five cement products manufactured by Capitol Aggregates Inc. in San Antonio, Texas.
NRMCAEPD: 10009CalPortland Company/NRMCAThis Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) covers approx. 30 concrete mixes produced at three concrete plant owned and operated by CalPortland in Washington; Dupont, Duwamish, and Tumwater.
NRMCAEPD: 10010Martin Marietta/NRMCAThese Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) utilize an enterprise software tool that generates EPDs that cover 50 concrete mixes produced at 6 plants owned and operated by Martin Marietta in Colorado: Rock Creek; Quivas; Chambers; Fenton; Del Camino; and Valmont.
NRMCAEPD: 10011CalPortland/NRMCAThis Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) reports information for various hydraulic cements including Type IL, Riverside Type I/II/V, Riverside Type III and Riverside Plastic produced by CalPortland at their plant located in Oro Grande, CA.
NRMCAEPD: 10012CEMEX – Mexico/NRMCAThis Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) covers 30 concrete products produced at the Armas plant owned and operated by CEMEX-Mexico.
NRMCAEPD: 10013CEMEX – Mexico/NRMCAThis Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) covers 30 concrete products produced at the Central plant owned and operated by CEMEX-Mexico.
NRMCAEPD: 10014CEMEX – Panama/NRMCAThis Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) covers eight concrete products produced at the Juan Diaz plant owned and operated by CEMEX-Panama.
NRMCAEPD 10015Concrete Supply Co.This EPD reports the impacts for ready mixed concrete from six plants in North Carolina and two plants in South Carolina.
NRMCAEPD: 10016Golden Readymix LLCThis Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) covers nine concrete products produced at its Dubai, UAE plant.
NRMCAEPD: 10017Dubai Ready-Mixed ConcreteThis industry-wide or sector average EPD describes the environmental characteristics of 13 ready mixed concrete products from eight plants.
NRMCAEPD: 10018CalPortland Company/NRMCAThis EPD reports the impacts for 30 different ready-mixed concrete products produced at 12 different CalPortland facilities.
NRMCAEPD: 10019CalPortland Company/NRMCAThis EPD reports the impacts for 50 different ready-mixed concrete products produced at three different CalPortland facilities in the Portland, OR area.
NRMCAEPD: 10020GraniterockThis is a business-to-business Type III environmental product declaration that covers an average range of aggregate products from the A.R. Wilson Quarry (Aromas, CA) and Southside Sand and Gravel (Hollister, CA) facilities.
NRMCAEPD: 10021Maschmeyer Concrete Company of Florida Inc.This is a business-to-business Type III EPD that reports the impacts for 30 different ready-mixed concrete products produced at three different facilities in the Orlando, FL market area.
NRMCAEPD: 10022CalPortland CompanyThis EPD reports environmental information for Type I/II/V cement produced by CalPortland Company at their Mojave, CA facility.
NRMCAEPD: 10023Knife RiverThis is a business-to-business Type III environmental product declaration that reports the impacts for 479 ready-mixed concrete products produced at four facilities in the Portland, OR market area.
NRMCAEPD: 10024Austrian Arabian Ready MixEPD for 15 concrete mixes produced at Austrian Arabian Ready Mix Jebel Ali Batching Facilities located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
NRMCAEPD: 10025Ready Mix USA, a CEMEX CompanyEnvironmental Product Declaration (EPD) that utilizes an enterprise software tool that generates EPDs for the Harvest, AL plant owned and operated by Ready Mix USA.
NRMCAEPD: 20026CalPortland Company
Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) that utilizes a software tool that generates EPDs for nine plants in Washington State.
NRMCAEPD: 20027Martin Marietta/NRMCAThese Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) utilize an enterprise software tool that generates EPDs that cover 50 concrete mixes produced at six plants owned and operated by Martin Marietta in Colorado: Rock Creek; Quivas; Chambers; Fenton; Del Camino; and Valmont.
NRMCAEPD: 20028Riverbend MaterialsEnvironmental Product Declaration (EPD) that utilizes an enterprise software tool that generates EPDs at four plants in the Willamette Valley, OR area owned and operated by RiverBend Materials, A CRH Company.
NRMCAEPD: 20029BURNCO ColoradoEnvironmental Product Declaration (EPD) that utilizes an enterprise software tool that generates EPDs at three plants in the Denver-metro area owned and operated by Burnco.
NRMCAEPD: 20030Duke City Redi-MixThis EPD reports the impacts for 30 different ready-mixed concrete products produce at Duke City Redi-Mix’s Albuquerque and Los Lunas, NM plants.
NRMCAEPD: 20031CalPortland Company
Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) that utilizes a software tool that generates EPDs for nine plants in the Oregon and SW Washington division.
NRMCAEPD: 20032Ozinga Ready Mix ConcreteThis EPD reports the impacts for concrete mixes produce at three Illinois plants and one Florida plant.
NRMCAEPD: 20033Heidelberg MaterialsThis EPD reports the impacts for three cement mixes produce at the Bellingham Cement Grinding Plant and Terminal in Bellingham, WA.
NRMCAEPD: 20034Heidelberg MaterialsThis EPD reports the impacts for three cement mixes produce at the Delta Cement Plant and Terminal in Delta, BC.
NRMCAEPD: 20035
CalPortland Company
This EPD reports the impacts for various mixes from eight ready mixed concrete plants in California.
NRMCAEPD: 20036Heidelberg MaterialsThis EPD reports the impacts for five cement mixes produced at the Cement Plant and Terminal in Edmonton, AB.
NRMCAEPD:
20038
CalPortland/NRMCAThis Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) reports information for various hydraulic cements including Types I/II/V, Type III, plastic cement and Type IL produced by CalPortland at their plant located in Oro Grande, CA.
NRMCAEPD:
20039
CalPortland CompanyThis EPD reports environmental information for Type I/II/V and Type IL cements produced by CalPortland Company at their Mojave, CA facility.
NRMCAEPD: 20040Heidelberg MaterialsThis EPD reports the impacts for two cement mixes produced at the Redding, CA cement plant.
NRMCAEPD: 20041Heidelberg MaterialsThis EPD reports the impacts for four cement mixes produced at the Union Bridge, MD cement plant.
NRMCAEPD: 20042Prairie MaterialThis Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) utilizes an enterprise software tool to generate concrete mix specific EPDs produced at Yard 32 and Yard 33 plants in Chicago, IL.
NRMCAEPD: 20043Heidelberg MaterialsThis EPD reports the impacts for four packaged cement mixes produced at the Union Bridge, MD cement plant.
NRMCAEPD: 20044O&G Industries &
Brewster Ready Mix
This EPD reports the impacts of ready mixed concrete from three O&G plants in CT; and, one Brewster plant in NY.
NRMCAEPD: 20045CalPortland CompanyThis directory of EPDs report the impacts of ready mixed concrete from ten plants in Arizona.
NRMCAEPD: 20046St. Marys CementThis EPD reports the impacts for cement mixes produced at the Bowmanville, Ontario cement plant.
NRMCAEPD: 20047St. Marys CementThis EPD reports the impacts for cement mixes produced at the Charlevoix, MI cement plant.
NRMCAEPD: 20048St. Marys CementThis EPD reports the impacts for cement mixes produced at the St. Marys, Ontario cement plant.
NRMCAEPD:
20049
Titan Virginia Ready-MixThis EPD reports the impacts of ready mixed concrete from ten plants in Virginia.
NRMCAEPD: 20050St. Marys CementThis EPD reports the impacts for cement mixes produced at the Grinding Plant in Detroit, MI.
NRMCAEPD: 20051St. Marys CementThis EPD reports the impacts for cement mixes produced at the McInnis Plant in Port-Daniel, QC.
NRMCAEPD: 20052Robertson’s Ready MixThis EPD reports the impacts for ready mixed concrete from 28 plants in southern California.
NRMCAEPD: 20053Heidelberg MaterialsThis EPD reports the impacts for bulk cement mixes produced at the Evansville plant in Fleetwood, PA.
NRMCAEPD: 20054 Heidelberg MaterialsThis EPD reports the impacts for packaged cement mixes produced at the Evansville plant in Fleetwood, PA.
NRMCAEPD: 20055 Heidelberg MaterialsThis EPD reports the impacts for bulk cement mixes produced at the Nazareth plant in Nazareth, PA.
NRMCAEPD: 20056 Heidelberg MaterialsThis EPD reports the impacts for packaged cement mixes produced at the Nazareth plant in Nazareth, PA.
NRMCAEPD: 20057 Heidelberg MaterialsThis EPD reports the impacts for bulk cement mixes produced at the Picton plant in Picton, ONT.
NRMCAEPD: 20058Heidelberg MaterialsThis EPD reports the impacts for packaged cement mixes produced at the Picton plant in Picton, ONT.
NRMCAEPD: 20059Chaney EnterprisesThis EPD reports the impacts for ready mixed concrete produced at the RVA Sandston plant in Virginia.
NRMCAEPD: 20060Smokey Point ConcreteThis EPD reports the impacts for ready mixed concrete produced at Smokey Point Concrete in Arlington, WA.
NRMCAEPD: 20061Duke City Redi-MixThis EPD reports the impacts for ready mixed concrete from two plants in the Albuquerque, NM market.
NRMCAEPD:
20062
Chaney EnterprisesThis EPD reports the impacts for ready mixed concrete from two plants in Maryland and one plant in Virginia.
NRMCAEPD: 20063Heidelberg MaterialsThis EPD reports the impacts for bulk cement mixes produced at the Mason City plant in Mason City, IA.
NRMCAEPD: 20064Heidelberg MaterialsThis EPD reports the impacts for bulk cement mixes produced at the Mitchell plant in Mitchell, IN.
NRMCAEPD: 20065Trio Ready-MixThis EPD reports the impacts for ready mixed concrete produced at the Trio Ready-Mix plant in Victoria, British Columbia.
NRMCAEPD: 20066Holroyd CompanyThis EPD reports the impacts for ready mixed concrete from five plants in the state of Washington.
NRMCAEPD: 20067Heidelberg MaterialsThis EPD reports the impacts for four bulk cement mixes produced at one plant in Glens Falls, NY.
NRMCAEPD: 20068Holliday RockThis EPD reports the impacts for ready mixed concrete from 12 plants in southern California.
NRMCAEPD: 20069Texas ConcreteThis EPD reports the impacts for ready mixed concrete from 3 plants in the Austin, TX market.
NRMCAEPD: 20070Heidelberg MaterialsThis EPD reports the impacts for two bulk cement mixes produced at one plant in Leeds, AL.
NRMCAEPD: 20071American MaterialsThis EPD reports the impacts for ready mixed concrete from three plants in Wisconsin.
NRMCAEPD: 20072Fordyce Concrete/Century ConcreteThis EPD reports the impacts for ready mixed concrete from six plants in the Kansas City market.
NRMCAEPD: 20073O & G IndustriesThis EPD reports the impacts for ready mixed concrete from two plants in Connecticut.
NRMCAEPD: 20074Dickinson Ready MixThis EPD reports the impacts for ready mixed concrete from two plants in North Dakota.
NRMCAEPD: 20075Arizona MaterialsThis EPD reports the impacts for ready mixed concrete from two plants in the Phoenix, AZ market.
NRMCAEPD: 20076Centre ConcreteThis EPD reports the impacts for ready mixed concrete from one plant in State College, PA.
NRMCAEPD: 20077Tilcon ConnecticutThis EPD reports the impacts for ready mixed concrete from five plants in Connecticut.
NRMCAEPD: 20078Milpitas MaterialsThis EPD reports the impacts for ready mixed concrete from one plant in the San Jose, CA market.
NRMCAEPD: 20079Mathews Ready MixThis EPD reports the impacts for ready mixed concrete from three plants in northern California.
NRMCAEPD: 20080Euclid ChemicalThis EPD reports the impacts for four microfibers and one macrofiber for concrete reinforcement.
NRMCAEPD: 20081United Companies & Telluride GravelThis EPD reports the impacts for ready mixed concrete from 12 plants in Colorado.
NRMCAEPD: 20082Heidelberg MaterialsThis EPD reports the impacts for ready mixed concrete from two plants in the Birmingham, AL market.
NRMCAEPD: 20083Schuster ConcreteThis EPD reports the impacts for ready mixed concrete from four plants in Maryland and one portable plant operating in Washington, DC.
NRMCAEPD: 20084Capitol AggregatesThis EPD reports the impacts for five bulk cement mixes produced at one plant in San Antonio, TX.
NRMCAEPD: 20085Miles Sand & GravelThis EPD reports the impacts for ready mixed concrete from 16 plants in Washington State.
NRMCAEPD: 20086Silvi MaterialsThis EPD reports the impacts for ready mixed concrete from 10 plants in the greater Philadelphia market.
NRMCAEPD: 20087Tec-Crete Transit MixThis EPD reports the impacts for ready mixed concrete from two plants in Queens, New York City, NY.
NRMCAEPD: 20088Monumental ConcreteThis EPD reports the impacts for ready mixed concrete from one plant in Washington, DC.
NRMCAEPD: 20089Kerrs ConcreteThis EPD reports the impacts for ready mixed concrete from one plant in Maiden, NC.
NRMCAEPD: 20090Ingram Ready MixThis EPD reports the impacts for ready mixed concrete from one plant in Houston, TX.
NRMCAEPD: 20091Milestone Contractors LPThis EPD reports the impacts for ready mixed concrete from one portable plant operating in Indianapolis, IN.
NRMCAEPD: 20092Smyrna Ready MixThis EPD reports the impacts for ready mixed concrete from one plant in Irving, TX.
NRMCAEPD: 20093Anderson ConcreteThis EPD reports the impacts for ready mixed concrete from two plants in the Columbus, OH market.
NRMCAEPD: 20094J.G. MacLellan ConcreteThis EPD reports the impacts for ready mixed concrete from three plants in Massachusetts.
NRMCAEPD: 20095Elizabeth River ConcreteThis EPD reports the impacts for ready mixed concrete from one plant in Portsmouth, VA.
NRMCAEPD: 20096Preferred MaterialsThis EPD reports the impacts for ready mixed concrete from five plants in the Jacksonville, FL market.
NRMCAEPD: 20097GCCThis EPD reports the impacts for bulk Type IL cement produced at one plant in Pueblo, CO.
NRMCAEPD: 20098GCCThis EPD reports the impacts for bulk Type III cement produced at one plant in Rapid City, SD.
NRMCAEPD: 20099GCCThis EPD reports the impacts for bulk Type I/II cement produced at one plant in Tijeras, NM.
NRMCAEPD: 20100Four Winds ConcreteThis EPD reports the impacts for ready mixed concrete from two plants in Pennsylvania.
NRMCAEPD: 20101Bonded ConcreteThis EPD reports the impacts for ready mixed concrete from two plants in upstate New York.
NRMCAEPD: 20102Tresca Brothers ConcreteThis EPD reports the impacts for ready mixed concrete from one plant in Millis, MA.
NRMCAEPD: 20103Ernst ConcreteThis EPD reports the impacts for ready mixed concrete from four plants in the Columbus, OH market.
NRMCAEPD: 20104Powhatan Ready MixThis EPD reports the impacts for ready mixed concrete from four plants in the Richmond, VA market.
NRMCAEPD: 20105Conewago ManufacturingThis EPD reports the impacts for ready mixed concrete from one plant in Hanover, PA.
NRMCAEPD: 20106Cotton Redi-MixThis EPD reports the impacts for ready mixed concrete from one plant in Port Hadlock, WA.
NRMCAEPD: 20107BURNCO ColoradoThis EPD reports the impacts for ready mixed concrete from one plant in Colorado Springs, CO.
NRMCAEPD: 20108Bayou ConcreteThis EPD reports the impacts for ready mixed concrete from one plant in the Mobile, AL market.
NRMCAEPD: 20109F&F ConcreteThis EPD reports the impacts for ready mixed concrete from one plant in Plantsville, CT.
NRMCAEPD: 20110Bristol Management Services, Inc.This EPD reports the impacts for ready mixed concrete from ten plants in the Los Angeles market.
NRMCAEPD: 20111Chaney EnterprisesThis EPD reports the impacts for ready mixed concrete from four plants in Maryland and six plants in Virginia.
NRMCAEPD: 20112Talon Concrete & Quicksilver Ready MixThis EPD reports the impacts for ready mixed concrete from three plants in the Kansas City, MO market.
NRMCAEPD: 20113 Arkhola MaterialsThis EPD reports the impacts for ready mixed concrete from five plants in Arkansas and three plants in Oklahoma.
NRMCAEPD: 20114Mid-Continent ConcreteThis EPD reports the impacts for ready mixed concrete from two plants in Arkansas and two plants in Oklahoma.
NRMCAEPD: 20115Standard Materials GroupThis EPD reports the impacts for ready mixed concrete from six plants in Arkansas and eight plants in Oklahoma.
NRMCAEPD: 20116GCCThis EPD reports the impacts for bulk Type IL cement produced at one plant in Rapid City, SD.
NRMCAEPD: 20117GCCThis EPD reports the impacts for bulk Type IP cement produced at one plant in Tijeras, NM.
NRMCAEPD: 20118Knife RiverThis EPD reports the impacts for ready mixed concrete from four plants in the Portland, OR metro area.
NRMCAEPD: 20119Cavanagh ConcreteThis EPD reports the impacts for ready mixed concrete from one plant in Stittsville, ON.
NRMCAEPD: 20120Vinagro MaterialsThis EPD reports the impacts for ready mixed concrete from one plant in Warwick, RI.
NRMCAEPD: 20121MetroCon Ready Mix Corp.This EPD reports the impacts for ready mixed concrete from one plant in Toronto, ON.
NRMCAEPD: 20122Wingra Redi-MixThis EPD reports the impacts for ready mixed concrete from three plants in Wisconsin.
NRMCAEPD: 20123CowTown Redi-MixThis EPD reports the impacts for ready mixed concrete from one plant in Dallas, TX.
NRMCAEPD: 20124404 ConcreteThis EPD reports the impacts for ready mixed concrete from one portable plant operating in Lithonia, GA.
NRMCAEPD: 20125Cape Cod Ready MixThis EPD reports the impacts for ready mixed concrete from four plants in Massachusetts.
NRMCAEPD: 20126Knights CompaniesThis EPD reports the impacts for ready mixed concrete from one plant in Columbia, SC.
NRMCAEPD: 20127BLT CompaniesThis EPD reports the impacts for ready mixed concrete from one plant in Yuma, AZ.
NRMCAEPD: 20128Castle Builders SupplyThis EPD reports the impacts for ready mixed concrete from four plants in Pennsylvania.
NRMCAEPD: 20129GCCThis EPD reports the impacts for bulk Type IL cement produced at one plant in Samalayuca, Chihuaha.

EPDs for Concrete, Cement, Aggregate and many other product categories can also be found on other EPD Program Operator websites.  Please see the below links for a listing of Program Operators and their verified EPDs:

*Note: NRMCA does its best to ensure these links are current.


NRMCA Industry-Wide (Average) EPD and Regional Benchmarks Report:

Industry-Wide (Average) EPD

Industry-Wide (Average) EPD. NRMCA sponsored a project to help NRMCA members producers meet the requirements of market drivers, i.e., LEED v4 by providing concrete producers with an industry-wide EPD (IW-EPD). A cradle to gate Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for ready mixed concrete was conducted and an IW- EPD was published. The LCA and EPD encompasses concrete for a variety of applications, strength and durability classes and slumps (or slump flows), so that a producer can use the disclosure report during the submittal process for a project requiring an EPD. The IW-EPD represents concrete typically used on a variety of projects including residential, commercial and public construction in different climate zones and in different markets.

Note: A concrete producer must have participated in providing operations data and be publicly listed as a contributor.

See below for the LCA and IW-EPD reports, a list of participating companies and plants, and additional resources to assist concrete producers.

Regional Benchmarks Report

Using data collected in developing the LCA and IW-EPD for concrete, a set of regional benchmarks for key environmental impacts was developed. The Benchmarks Report represents the environmental impacts of products with varying strengths for different applications and exposure conditions at the national level and eight NRMCA regions. The Benchmarks Report has two primary purposes:

  1. Concrete producers can use these benchmarks to compare their environmental impacts and aspire to lower their impacts, i.e., LEED Optimization.
    Click here for an alignment project between Athena and Climate Earth to report company EPD consistency with the regional benchmarks.

  2. Where legislation is being drafted, the Benchmark Report is the go-to reference for regional impacts.

2021 Industry-Wide EPD and Benchmark Report:

  • Click here to download the 2021 NRMCA Industry-Wide EPD

  • Click here to download the 2021 LCA Report used to develop the NRMCA Industry Wide EPD and Benchmark (Industry Average) Report

  • Click here to search the list of NRMCA companies and plants that participated in the 2021 Industry-Wide EPD

2020 Industry-Wide EPD and Benchmark Report:

  • Click here to download the 2020 NRMCA Industry-Wide EPD

  • Click here to download the 2020 LCA Report used to develop the NRMCA Industry Wide EPD and Benchmark (Industry Average) Report

  • Click here to search the list of NRMCA companies and plants that participated in the 2020 Industry-Wide EPD

For LEED submittal letter template PDF click here | Word doc click here

Click here to download a PDF of the presentation on how to use the Industry-Wide EPD and Benchmark Report



Free Webinar: Environmental Product Declarations

EPDs are third party verified (certified) reports published by EPD Program Operators that provide quality assured information regarding environmental performance of their products. Review the recorded 1-1/2 hour webinar that offers 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.

Watch a Recorded Webinar on EPDs


Recording of a Webinar describing the PCR and EPDs
  • Click here to download Part 1 of the Webinar presentation (pdf).
  • Click here to download Part 2 of the Webinar presentation (pdf).

Example Whole Building LCA Using NRMCA Benchmarks and IW EPD Mixes

Many projects have the objective of quantifying and demonstrating a reduction in the environmental footprint on a project, including the carbon footprint of concrete. The difficulty is to identify the best way to specify concrete to help meet this objective without compromising the performance objectives of the project. In the past design professionals have tried to artificially reduce the impact of concrete by specifying maximum cement content or minimum quantities of supplementary cementitious materials such as fly ash and slag. This usually results in concrete mixes that are more costly and might not meet the performance objectives. In addition, there is no way to quantify reductions in environmental impact.

Click here for an example on how to use Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to compare the carbon footprint of the proposed building using mix designs that have relatively high volumes of slag cement and fly ash to a reference building using mix designs based on industry averages.

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 and other standards and initiatives such as the International Green Construction Code (IgCC) and the Architecture 2030 Challenge for Products.

Program Objectives:

The objective of the NRMCA EPD Program is to facilitate the development, verification certification 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, 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 conducts 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.

NRMCA manages the process 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.

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:

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

What does it cost for an EPD?

There are basically two steps to the process that will cost money: 1) Conduct an LCA, produce an LCA Report and a 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 3 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 or 3 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 an 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 a Critical Review of an updated LCA Report and Independent Verification of an EPD based on the LCA Report for additional plants and mixes from the same company as to determine if they meet the requirements of the PCR, ISO 14040, ISO 14025 and NRMCA EPD Program Operator Rules. This level of review must take place within 6 months of a Level 1 verification from the same company. If all the requirements are met, NRMCA issues a Certified EPD.


Level 3: Verify changes to existing verified EPDs, based on an LCA report that was previously Critically Reviewed and are from the same company and plant(s) per Level 1 and 2 verification above to determine if it meets all the requirements of the PCR, ISO 14025 and NRMCA EPD Program Operator Rules. Level 3 verification and EPD period of validity is contingent on compliance with the current Product Category Rule.

Verification (Certification) Fees:

Level 1: NRMCA Verifier Fee for New Customers

Number of plants reported in LCA/EPDNRMCA MembersNon-members
1 to 3 plants$1,250$2,000
4 to 10 plants$2,500$4,000
11 or more plantsNegotiated feeNegotiated fee

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Level 2: Additional Plants within 6 Months of Level 1 Verification

NRMCA MembersNon-members
Hourly Rate$300/hour$450/hour

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Level 3: New EPDs at Verified Plants or Changes to Existing EPDs

NRMCA MembersNon-members
Hourly Rate$300/hour$450/hour

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For questions contact Matthew Lemay, 847-323-0413.

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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 Verified LCA Consultants

The following is a list of LCA consultants. The LCA consultant will guide you through the data collection process and will generate a LCA and draft EPD. Once these drafts are complete, NRMCA randomly selects an independent verifier verify your EPD.

CompanyContact/E-mail Phone
Climate EarthChris Erickson415-391-2725
WAP Sustainability ConsultantsHannah Renaud250-837-8915

** You will contract directly with the LCA experts to conduct an LCA.

EPD and LCA Calculators and Services

Climate Earth

Climate Earth offers an automated EPD solution called EPD Enterprise that allows users to generate a fully verified product specific EPD instantly for any mix. Users simply login with their web browser, enter a mix design, and the system generates a fully verified and company branded EPD in PDF form that is ready for bid submittal. In addition, in partnership with Command Alkon, Climate Earth offers a version of EPD Enterprise where CommandQC users can generate a verified EPD for any mix directly from the CommandQC console.

  • Click here to learn more about Climate Earth EPD solutions.

  • Click here for a PDF about Climate Earth’s system EPD software tool and contribution to LEED v4 Environmental Product Declarations credit.

WAP Sustainability Consulting

  • Click here to learn more about WAP Sustainability EPD solutions.

  • Click here to sign up for WAP’s Theta EPD tool for Concrete and Cement


Slag Cement Life Cycle Assessment Calculator

The SCA commissioned the Athena Institute to produce its Ready Mixed Concrete Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Calculator for Slag Cement – Version 3.0 to show the environmental impacts of using slag cement in ready mixed concrete. The LCA calculator allows users to enter custom concrete mixes and then substitute varying amounts of slag cement through a simple dashboard interface. By selecting a preset mix or entering the details of a custom mix, the calculator allows users to increase or decrease the percentage of slag cement and calculate LCA results in real time. The tool also allows users to compare custom mixes against region-specific industry average mixes and substitute these mixes into a generic whole building to calculate cumulative whole-building results. The calculator can be accessed on the SCA’s website.

Product Category Rules

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

ProductEPD Program where PCR is registered***/Download
ConcreteNSF International
CementASTM
Cement The International EPD System
Slag CementASTM
Expanded Shale, Clay, and Slate Lightweight AggregateASTM
Construction Aggregates: Natural Aggregate, Crushed Concrete, and Iron/Steel Furnace SlagASTM

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

For questions contact Matthew Lemay, 847-323-0413.

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