U.S. Concrete's San Francisco Bay Area Operating Company Announces First Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) For Concrete Mixes In The United States

EULESS, Texas, April 23, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Central Concrete Supply, Inc., a U.S. Concrete, Inc. (Nasdaq:USCR) company, and the leader in delivering low CO 2 concrete to the San Francisco Bay Area, today announced that it is the first ready mix supplier in the United States to offer Concrete EPDs (Environmental Product Declarations) and the first to receive external verification of the EPDs in accordance with ISO 14025 and ISO 21930.

Central Concrete also announced that they are the first U.S. company, in any industry, to produce EPDs at the individual product level. This is in contrast to EPDs that are developed for classes of products – an approach that diminishes the value of the EPD, because specific product performance characteristics are only matched to general environmental impacts within a category. Central's approach, based on innovations developed by Climate Earth, a provider of systems, data and services for sustainable management, allowed the National Ready Mix Concrete Association (NRMCA), acting as Program Operator, to verify more than 1,400 of Central's mix designs.

An EPD is a standardized (ISO 14025/TR) label designed to communicate the environmental impact of a product in a scientifically sound, streamlined and comparable format. EPDs include information on the environmental impact of the product, throughout its lifecycle. Often compared to a nutrition label, EPDs provide the facts and transparency needed to make informed decisions as they relate to such characteristics as global warming potential, ozone depletion and water use.

"We are pleased to be the first concrete supplier in the U.S. to publish externally verified EPDs," said Jeff Davis, vice president and general manager of Central Concrete. "Owners and developers on the west coast are demanding greener buildings. With C0 2 emissions of Portland cement being a major contributor to the nation's carbon footprint, we recognize the importance of making the environmental impact of our products both visible and comparable. Environmental measures are increasingly becoming key performance indicators, just as compressive strength of concrete is today."

"Not only is Central Concrete the first ready mix supplier to adopt fully verified EPDs, but they are the first company in the United States to produce an EPD for every product, online, in real-time," noted Chris Erickson, president and CEO of Climate Earth, a provider of systems, data and services for sustainable management. "Overwhelmed by labeling multiple products, companies turn to batching products by categories and delivering EPDs for groups of products. We are honored to provide our customers with a systems-based approach that has opened this new path to EPD development – a timely approach, that delivers EPDs at the individual product level."

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