GCP Applied Technologies, a leading global provider of construction products technologies, is pleased to announce a partnership with Athena Sustainable Materials Institute, a nonprofit research collaborative bringing life cycle assessment to the construction sector. The new partnership leverages GCP product-specific life cycle assessment (LCA) data for concrete admixtures to develop environmental product declarations (EPD) for concrete mix designs.
“Building owners, municipalities, engineers, general contractors, and architects want to understand the environmental impact of the products they choose for their building projects,” said GCP Applied Technologies’ EPD Program Manager, Lisa Barnard, LEED AP O+M, WELL AP. “To address this need in the concrete sector, we have teamed up with Athena Sustainable Materials Institute to be our technical partner to drive our EPD program. The new program assists GCP customers in creating EPDs for their concrete mix design, leveraging GCP product-specific admixture LCA data.”
GCP’s new EPD program first collects mix design data from the concrete plant, then uses LCAs of concrete materials and plant data to generate an EPD report in accordance with ISO standards. The third-party verified reports will help the concrete plant gain visibility into the environmental footprint of each concrete mix. Using this data helps support LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and other green building certifications and helps organizations better understand how to achieve carbon reduction targets.
“We are delighted to work with GCP Applied Technologies,” said Athena President Jennifer O’Connor. “This is a great example of industry using LCA to meet environmental objectives and show sustainability leadership.”
GCP Applied Technologies is a leading global provider of construction products technologies that include high-performance waterproofing products for commercial and residential construction, additives for cement and concrete, the VERIFI® in-transit concrete management system, and specialty systems. GCP products have been used to build some of the world’s most renowned structures.