SOURCE: Central Concrete Supply Co.
SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - Nov 12, 2012) - Central Concrete Supply Co., a U.S. Concrete Company and the leader in delivering low-CO2 concrete to the San Francisco Bay Area, today announced that it is the first ready mix supplier in the United States to sign on to the 2030 Challenge for Products, an initiative to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from the Building Sector through low-carbon building products. Central Concrete has already achieved the first Challenge target set for 2014: delivering low-CO2 concrete mixes that reduce the overall carbon footprint, on average, by more than 30% as compared to traditional Portland cement concrete. In addition, Central Concrete has become the first concrete company in the United States to initiate the development of environmental product declarations (EPDs). EPDs provide environmental impact information such as global warming potential, ozone depletion and water use.
The 2030 Challenge for Products, issued by Architecture 2030 (www.architecture2030.org/), calls on architecture, planning, and building industries worldwide to specify, design and manufacture products that meet specific carbon reduction targets between now and the year 2030. These targets increase incrementally every five years. For example, the 2014 target achieves a carbon-equivalent footprint of 30% below the current product average. The 2030 target calls for a 50% reduction.
"This pledge is just one of many 'green' steps we are making at Central Concrete," said Jeff Davis, vice president and general manager, Central Concrete. "Not only have we committed to the 2030 Challenge for Products, but today we announced that we are the first concrete supplier in the United States to initiate Environmental Product Declarations, also known as EPDs, for our mixes."
"Through the development of EPDs and their demonstrated low-carbon products, Central Concrete is an exemplary manufacturer committed to sustainability, transparency, and low-carbon products," said Francesca Desmarais, director, 2030 Challenge for Products. "Architecture 2030 is excited to have them adopt the Challenge."
Globally, the building sector consumes more energy and contributes more to climate change than any other sector. Reducing the carbon footprint of the built environment is widely recognized as crucial for conserving energy, reversing climate change and sustaining a healthy economy. In particular, reducing the carbon footprint of concrete has been highlighted as one of the most significant actions the building sector can take.
In response to Architecture 2030's call, Central Concrete joined the Carbon Leadership Forum -- a team of researchers from the University of Washington's College of Built Environments, along with design and construction professionals -- to devise standards for concrete. These standards will allow owners, architects, structural engineers and developers to easily assess the environmental impact of concrete mixes and relate them to LEED v4 and 2030 Challenge for Products requirements.
About Central Concrete
Central Concrete, a U.S. Concrete Company, has been serving the San Francisco Bay Area for over 60 years. The company is recognized for engineering higher-performing concrete than traditional concrete, while significantly lowering the carbon footprint with its low-CO2 mixes. Central Concrete goes beyond conventional concrete suppliers, collaborating with owners, architects, structural engineers and contractors to evaluate project requirements and identify solutions that match each client's unique needs.
Central Concrete is recognized for supplying its low-CO2 mixes to numerous projects, including the Cathedral of Christ the Light Church, Oakland; California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco -- the world's greenest museum; NASA Ames Sustainability Base, Mountain View -- the greenest federal building in the U.S.; David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Los Altos -- largest net-zero building in Calif.; and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) headquarters -- San Francisco's greenest office building.
With 12 locations in the San Francisco Bay Area, Central Concrete offers multiple points of service to meet the diverse operational needs of its customers.
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Link to sample, self-declared EPDs developed by Climate Earth for Central Concrete: