To demonstrate LEED v4 product sustainability performance, building product manufacturers are required to submit Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs). This includes concrete mixes produced by Canadian Ready Mixed Concrete Association (CRMCA) members.
The new EPD’s are here!
After more than a year of efforts and inputs to bring them to the finish line, the new Concrete Alberta Region Specific Environmental Product Declaration for Ready-Mixed Concrete is here. These new EPD’s, developed for the exclusive use of our members, bring a more regional focus to the previous version issued by the CRMCA back in 2017. Based on the averages of inputs from a representative cross-section of Concrete Alberta Member producers, these EPD’s are third party certified by ASTM International. They provide owners, architects, designers and producers with a reference tool that covers a wide range of typical mixes across our industry supporting the growing demand for sustainable construction as we move toward the national and international milestones set by this community for 2030 and beyond!
A product, according to LEED v4, is defined by the distinct function it serves. Most building components such as supports, stairs and flooring all qualify as products.
Concrete has a distinct advantage compared to other building materials in that it has such a diverse range of purposes in building, from footings and columns to sidewalks and parking lots. Furthermore, each of these applications require a unique mix design and are all qualified as fundamentally different products as per LEED. This creates a situation where using concrete in its many variations, a builder is able to reach a significant number of the 20 required products, or the 50% of products by cost used in a building.
The Value of EPDs
Self-Declared: ½ Product - Not Third-party Verified
Industry-Average EPDs: Full Product - Third-party Verified Type III
Product-Specific EPDs: 1.5 Full Products - Third-party Verified Type III
The Concrete Alberta Member Industry-Wide EPD report is available to all Concrete Alberta members and contains 126 mix designs chosen by the CRMCA to represent the most common types of concrete utilized across the provinces.
The following 'How To Guide' provides instructions to determine the corresponding Industry Averaged Equivalents to your approved mixed designs to be included in an EPD declaration letter.