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1 NRMCA Sustainable Concrete Plant Certification Lionel Lemay, PE, SE, LEED AP Sr. VP, Sustainability

2 Antitrust Policy Statement NRMCA assigns the highest priority to full compliance with both the letter and the spirit of the antitrust laws. Agreements among competitors that unreasonably limit competition are unlawful under federal and state antitrust laws, and violators are subject to criminal fines and incarceration, civil fines and private treble-damage actions. Even the successful defense of antitrust litigation or an investigation can be very costly and disruptive. It is thus vital that all meetings and activities of the Association be conducted in a manner consistent with the Association’s antitrust policy. Examples of illegal competitor agreements are those that attempt to fix or stabilize prices, to allocate territories or customers, to limit production or sales, or to limit product quality and service competition. Accordingly, it is inherently risky and potentially illegal for competitors to discuss under Association auspices, or elsewhere, the subjects of prices, pricing policies, other terms and conditions of sale, individual company costs (including planned employee compensation), the commercial suitability of individual suppliers or customers, or other factors that might adversely affect competition. It is important to bear in mind that those in attendance at Association meetings and activities may include competitors, as well as potential competitors. Any discussion of sensitive antitrust subjects with one’s competitors should be avoided at all times before, during, and after any Association meeting or other activity. This is particularly important because a future adversary may assert that such discussions were circumstantial evidence of an illegal agreement, when viewed in light of subsequent marketplace developments, even though there was, in fact, no agreement at all. If at any time during the course of a meeting or other activity, Association staff believes that a sensitive topic under the antitrust laws is being discussed, or is about to be discussed, they will so advise and halt further discussion for the protection of all participants. Member attendees at any meeting or activity should likewise not hesitate to voice any concerns or questions that they may have in this regard.

3 Acknowledgements RMC Research and Education Foundation  Funding Horst Inc. / West Main Consultants  Author William Twitty and Mike Armor  Author NRMCA Sustainability and OES Committees  Reviewers NRMCA Staff  Project manager

4 Acknowledgements, cont. Johnie Alexander Concrete Supply Company, United States Patrick BerginCemstone, United States David BosargeMMC Materials, United States Rabih FakihGrey Matters Consultancy, United Arab Emirates Lionel LemayNational Ready Mixed Concrete Association, United States Scott ManningTitan America, United States Joel NickelAggregate Industries, United States Anna PlancherelTerus Construction, Canada Doug RuhlinResource Management Associates, United States Steve SimonsenLafarge, United States Melissa Swanson Argos USA SE Zone - Ready Mixed Concrete Company, United States Fouad YazbeckReadymix Abu Dhabi - Aldar Readymix, United Arab Emirates

5 Presentation Outline Purpose of Certification Organization of Guidelines Certification Policies and Procedures Using the Guidelines Prerequisites Sustainability Credits Next Steps

6 Purpose of Certification

7 Provide detailed guidance to meet performance goals in NRMCA Sustainability Initiatives Defines what constitutes sustainable plant operations Recognize plants for outstanding performance

8 Measuring Sustainability Best Approach: Life Cycle Assessment LCA is a technique to assess the environmental aspects and potential impacts associated with a product, process, or service.

9 Impacts Measured Prioritize Impacts

10 Pros and Cons of LCA Pros  Pinpoints places where process improvements can yield environmental benefits  Good communication tool for customers and employees: market advantage Cons  Extremely complex and expensive  Lack/unreliable Life Cycle Inventory data  Prioritization of impacts is subjective

11 Should we Conduct LCA for Every Product/Project? Probably Not Realistic Alternative:  Rating Systems  Surrogates for LCA  Identify Impacts  Prioritize Impacts  Identify Trade Offs

12 Examples LEED Green Globes NAHB National Green Building Standard Incorporate partial LCA in some cases

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14 LEED Credit Categories Organized for building design process

15 LEED Certification Platinum Gold Silver Certified

16 Rating System for Concrete Production? Continuously improve product Continuously improve process

17 NATIONAL READY MIXED CONCRETE ASSOCIATION SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVES

18 Targets Per Unit of Concrete Produced from 2007 Levels Embodied energy:  20% reduction by 2020  30% reduction by 2030 Carbon footprint:  20% reduction by 2020  30% reduction by 2030 Potable water:  10% reduction by 2020  20% reduction by 2030 Waste:  30% reduction by 2020  50% reduction by 2030 Recycled content:  200% increase by 2020  400% increase by 2030

19 Sustainable Concrete Plant Guidelines Provides sustainable strategies Energy and cost savings Increased productivity Contribute directly to a company’s bottom line

20 Organization of Guidelines

21 4. Product Use 1. Material Acquisition 2. Production 3. Construction 5. Recycling Life Cycle Phases Credit Categories Organized around concrete production process

22 Impact Categories and Credits Embodied Energy Carbon Footprint Water Use Waste Recycled Content Social Concerns and Human Health

23 Baseline Metrics Establish thresholds, minimum requirements, etc.  2009 Sustainable Plant Survey  NRMCA Fleet Benchmarking Survey  NRMCA Industry Data Survey  Other Research

24 Sustainability Credits

25 Sustainability Levels Platinum  point Gold  points Silver  points Bronze  points

26 Prerequisites Points Prerequisite 1: Compliance with Environmental Regulations 0 Prerequisite 2: Environmental Management System (EMS)0 Prerequisite 3: Energy Audit0 Prerequisite 4: Site Plan0

27 1. Material Acquisition Points Credit 1.1: Recycled Aggregate4 Credit 1.2: Optimized Portland Cement Use6 Credit 1.3: Materials Transportation Analysis4 Credit 1.4: Sustainable Purchasing Plan2

28 2. Production Points Credit 2.1: Process Dust Emissions Control3 Credit 2.2: Fugitive Dust Emissions Suppression3 Credit 2.3: Reduction of Fresh Water Use in Plant Operations 4 Credit 2.4: Reduction of Fresh Water Use in Batching3 Credit 2.5: Process Water Collection and Treatment3 Credit 2.6: Stormwater Management4 Credit 2.7: Proper Storage of Chemical and Petroleum Products 2 Credit 2.8: Secondary Containment of Chemical and Petroleum Products 2

29 2. Production (cont’d) Points Credit 2.9: Employee Training Plan and Emergency Response Procedures 2 Credit 2.10: Reduced Carbon Footprint6 Credit 2.11: Reduced Primary Energy Consumption6 Credit 2.12: Renewable Electricity Use4 Credit 2.13: Noise Control2 Credit 2.14: Employee Transportation2 Credit 2.15: Biodiversity3 Credit 2.16: Worker Safety3

30 3. Delivery and Construction Points Credit 3.1: Fuel Efficiency Improvement4 Credit 3.2: Fleet Emissions Reduction5 Credit 3.3: Driver Training2 Credit 3.4: Green Building Products2

31 4. Product Use Points Credit 4.1: Green Building Education for Staff3 Credit 4.2: Green Building Education for Specifiers2 Credit 4.3: Sustainability Advocacy1

32 5. Material Reuse and Recycling Points Credit 5.1: Excess Concrete Reduction3 Credit 5.2: Diversion of Returned Concrete from Disposal 3 Credit 5.3: Other Recycling Initiatives2

33 6. Additional Sustainable Practices Points Credit 6.1: Additional Sustainable Practices5

34 Certification Policies and Procedures

35 Rating a Plant Producer Rates a plant using criteria in Guidelines Rater  Responsible person  Familiar with plant operations  Familiar with Guidelines and Certification process  Can be a company employee or consultant  Use Guidelines to Rate plant between 0 and 100

36 Documentation Rater collects Documentation required to demonstrate compliance with each credit being claimed Documentation requirements defined in Guidelines

37 Submittal Complete Certification  Submittal Form  Checklists Convert all Forms, Checklists, and Documentation to Adobe PDF format Same order as the Guidelines Send to NRMCA via along with Certification Fee

38 NRMCA Review Log in the date, Rater, and plant information Check Submittal for correct format If so, sends submittal to Auditor If not, returned Rater for revisions

39 Primary Audit Submittal Audited by NRMCA accredited Auditor Auditor Determines if Documentation meets the criteria described in the Guidelines Auditor returns Audit Evaluation Form to NRMCA Auditor can accept or reject the Documentation on a credit by credit basis Can adjust number of points claimed in Submittal

40 Audit Evaluation Form NRMCA reviews the Audit Evaluation Form returned by the auditor If Form confirms the Rating claimed by the Rater then NRMCA issues a Certification If some Documentation does not meet criteria, NRMCA returns the Form to Rater Rater has opportunity to modify the Submittal and resubmit for Secondary Audit

41 Secondary Audit (if necessary) NRMCA sends revised submittal to the Auditor for Second Audit Auditor reviews only those credits in which Documentation was deemed not to meet criteria Auditor returns a revised Auditor Evaluation Form to NRMCA The revised Audit Evaluation Form is the final Rating for the plant NRMCA issues a Certification to the Plant for the appropriate Certification Level.

42 Certification Levels Certifies individual ready mixed concrete plants for their level of sustainability Based on the number of points achieved using the Guidelines Four (4) levels of certification based on number of points achieved: Bronze: points Silver: points Gold: points Platinum: points

43 Evaluation Period Plants evaluated using the Guidelines for a recent 12-month period Starting no later than 15 months from the time of Certification application (date Submittal received by NRMCA)

44 Certification Period Certification valid for 2 years Starting from date NRMCA certifies the plant Plant may recertify any time during the 2 year period If the certification period expires, plant can no longer claim to be an NRMCA Certified Sustainable Concrete Plant

45 Rater Qualifications Employee of company Consultant to the company No specific level of experience required NRMCA recommends that Rater:  Be familiar with environmental regulations and sustainable manufacturing/operating concepts  Be familiar with the Guidelines and the Certification process  Raters take a course from NRMCA on the Certification process.

46 Auditor Qualifications Every Certification Submittal will be audited by a third party Auditor Name of Auditor will not be revealed to the Certification applicant (Rater)

47 Auditor: Independent Third Party Not an employee of NRMCA Nor an employee of the company they are auditing Nor an employee of a competing concrete producer, equipment supplier or product supplier Auditors may consult for companies who are in the process of submitting a plant for Certification But cannot Audit a plant for which they provided consulting services related to the Certification Application being audited

48 Auditor Qualifications: Option 1 Registered Professional Engineer practicing in a relevant field NRMCA Certified Environmental Professional Complete 2-hour seminar on the NRMCA Sustainable Concrete Plant Certification

49 Auditor Qualifications: Option 2 4-year degree in engineering, construction, science or other relevant field 2 years of experience in environmental management in RM concrete industry NRMCA Certified Environmental Professional Complete 2-hour seminar on the NRMCA Sustainable Concrete Plant Certification

50 Auditor Qualifications: Option 3 Minimum 5 years experience in environmental management in RM concrete industry NRMCA Certified Environmental Professional Completed 2-hour seminar on the NRMCA Sustainable Concrete Plant Certification

51 Submittal Details and Organization Each Submittal must contain the following information in the following order: Certification Submittal Form Certification Checklist Guideline Checklist Credit Documentation  Credit Title Page  Credit Calculations (if appropriate)  Credit Documentation

52 Certification Fee Each Submittal must be accompanied by a Submittal Fee This fee covers the cost of NRMCA review, Auditor fees, and Certification administration  NRMCA member: $ U.S.  U.S. based non-member: $ U.S.  Non-U.S. based non-member: $ U.S.

53 Certification Recognition Listed on NRMCA website Provided certificate suitable for framing Right to advertise themselves as NRMCA Sustainable Concrete Plant at the appropriate certification level (Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum) as long as they maintain certification

54 Using the Guidelines

55 Resources

56 Credit Requirements/Documentation Data collected for 12 month period starting no earlier than 15 months ago Credit format  Background and goals  Strategies  Metrics  Documentation Metrics  Equations  Worksheets  Carbon Footprint Calculator (LCA)

57 Prerequisites

58 Prerequisite 1: Compliance with Environmental Regulations Comply with applicable federal, state, and local environmental regulations:  Air Quality Permit  National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit  NPDES, other than stormwater associated with industrial activity  Water Use Permit (to take water)  Permit to discharge to a sanitary sewer system  Local or regional noise ordinances  Hazardous Waste Regulations  Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA)  Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) plan Documentation  Signed letter from officer of company  Plant has been in compliance with regulations within 12-month period

59 Prerequisite 2: Environmental Management System (EMS) Implement and maintain EMS:  NRMCA Green-Star  ISO  Equivalent certification Documentation  NRMCA Green-Star certificate  ISO certificate  Equivalent EMS – provide third party documentation to demonstrate equivalency including third party on-site inspections

60 Prerequisite 3: Energy Audit Complete energy audit  Independent party or regional utility  If not part of EMS Documentation  Energy audit – energy use over 12 month period  Include electricity and fuel use for plant operations  Do not include fuel for concrete trucks

61 Prerequisite 4: Site Plan Provide site plan of the plant property showing:  Batch plant(s)  Aggregate storage  Cement and SCM silos  Storage tanks  Fueling station  Vehicle parking  Maintenance buildings  Roadways  Location of water management structures (rinse/wash water settlement basins, retention/detention ponds, underground storm drains, discharge outfalls, etc)  Arrows or topographic lines indicating flow patterns Documentation  Copy of site plan indicating items listed above

62 Sustainability Credits

63 1. Material Acquisition

64 Credit 1.1: Recycled Aggregate ≥ 2% recycled aggregate 1 point ≥ 4% recycled aggregate+1 point ≥ 6% recycled aggregate+1 point ≥ 8% recycled aggregate+1 point Documentation Submit letter from company’s accountant or corporate officer stating: Total quantity of recycled aggregate used Total quantity of all aggregate used

65 Credit 1.2: Optimized Portland Cement Use PATH A – PCR BELOW NATIONAL AVERAGE

66 Credit 1.2: Optimized Portland Cement Use Documentation Submit letter from company’s accountant or corporate officer stating: Total quantity of portland cement used Total quantity of concrete produced Plant PCR 5% or more below U.S. national average 1 point Plant PCR 10% or more below U.S. national average+1 point Plant PCR 15% or more below U.S. national average+1 point Plant PCR 20% or more below U.S. national average+1 point Plant PCR 25% or more below U.S. national average+1 point Plant PCR 30% or more below U.S. national average+1 point

67 Credit 1.2: Optimized Portland Cement Use PATH B – CURRENT PCR BELOW 2007 PCR

68 Credit 1.2: Optimized Portland Cement Use Current PCR 5% or more below 2007 PCR 1 point Current PCR 10% or more below 2007 PCR+1 point Current PCR 15% or more below 2007 PCR+1 point Current PCR 20% or more below 2007 PCR+1 point Current PCR 25% or more below 2007 PCR+1 point Current PCR 30% or more below 2007 PCR+1 point Documentation Submit letter from company’s accountant or corporate officer stating Total quantity of portland cement used and concrete produced at plant during12-month period Total quantity of portland cement used and concrete produced in 2007

69 Credit 1.3: Material Transportation Analysis Complete Materials Transportation Calculator for last 12 months to get total associated CO2e. Baseline emissions are 76.9 lb CO2e/cy (45.6 kg CO2e/m 3 ), based on sustainable concrete plant survey responses.

70 Distance (mi)Weight (tons)CO2e (lb)Concrete produced during the past year (cy) Coarse aggregate Ocean 0.00lb CO2e/cy#DIV/0! Barge 0.00 Rail 0.00 Truck 0.00 Fine aggregate Ocean 0.00 Barge 0.00 Rail 0.00 Truck 0.00 Blended cement Ocean 0.00 Barge 0.00 Rail 0.00 Truck 0.00 Portland cement Ocean 0.00 Barge 0.00 Rail 0.00 Truck 0.00 Fly ash Ocean 0.00 Barge 0.00 Rail 0.00 Truck 0.00 Slag Cement Ocean 0.00 Barge 0.00 Rail 0.00 Truck 0.00 TOTAL0.00 Materials Transportation Calculator

71 Credit 1.3: Material Transportation Analysis Documentation Copy of the Materials Transportation Calculator with calculated results Plant CO2e 5% or more below U.S. national baseline 1 point Plant CO2e 10% or more below U.S. national baseline+1 point Plant CO2e 15% or more below U.S. national baseline+1 point Plant CO2e 20% or more below U.S. national baseline+1 point

72 Credit 1.4: Sustainable Purchasing Plan Existence of Sustainable Purchasing Plan 1 point Existence and implementation of Sustainable Purchasing Plan for more than 2 years +1 point Documentation Submit copy of Sustainable Purchasing Plan with date of adoption.

73 2. Production

74 Credit 2.1: Process Dust Emissions Control ≥ 50% weighted process emission controls 1 point ≥ 75% weighted process emission controls+1 point ≥ 90% weighted process emission controls+1 point Documentation Completed “Dry Batch Process Emissions” or “Central Mix Process Emissions” worksheet from the Emissions Calculator. Complete Emissions Calculator to determine weighted process emission controls

75 Point source emissions (Dry Batch Plant)weight Cement delivery to silo* Silo top baghouse or silo vented to central vacuum collector systemNo5% Silo equipped with overfill warning systemNo15% Silo equipped with high pressure protection system (pinch valve/alarm)No5% SCM delivery to silo* Silo top baghouse or silo vented to central vacuum collector systemNo5% Silo equipped with overfill warning systemNo15% Silo equipped with high pressure protection system (pinch valve/alarm)No5% Cement/SCM weigh batchers Weigh batcher vented to batcher filter vent or vented to central dust collector (direct or indirect)No5% Fines collected in the dust collectors are recycledNo5% Coarse and fine aggregate transfer to conveyor Transfer underground or transfer point enclosed, or conveyor coveredNo5% Coarse and fine aggregate transfer to elevated storage Plant enclosed or transfer point enclosedNo5% Truck loading hopper Hopper is surrounded (3 sides) by shroud and is vented to a central dust collectorNo20% Hopper is equipped with a telescopic bootNo5% Spray bar used (in lieu of central dust collector). If central dust collector is present, please mark this "Yes".No5% CONTROLLED PROCESS EMISSION SOURCES0.00%

76 Point source emissions (Central Batch Plant)weight Cement delivery to silo* Silo top baghouse or silo vented to central vacuum collector systemNo5% Silo equipped with overfill warning systemNo15% Silo equipped with high pressure protection system (pinch valve/alarm)No5% SCM delivery to silo* Silo top baghouse or silo vented to central vacuum collector systemNo5% Silo equipped with overfill warning systemNo15% Silo equipped with high pressure protection system (pinch valve/alarm)No5% Cement/SCM weigh batchers Weigh batcher vented to batcher filter vent or vented to central dust collector (direct or indirect)No5% Fines collected in the dust collectors are recycledNo5% Coarse and fine aggregate transfer to conveyor Transfer underground or transfer point enclosed, or conveyor coveredNo5% Coarse and fine aggregate transfer to elevated storage Plant enclosed or transfer point enclosedNo5% Mixer loading Central mixer is vented to a dust collector(s)No25% Hopper is equipped with a telescopic bootNo5% CONTROLLED PROCESS EMISSION SOURCES0.00%

77 Credit 2.2: Fugitive Dust Emissions Suppression ≥ 50% weighted fugitive emission controls 1 point ≥ 75% weighted fugitive emission controls+1 point ≥ 90% weighted fugitive emission controls+1 point Complete Emissions Calculator to determine weighted fugitive emissions. Documentation Copy of the completed Fugitive Emissions worksheet from the Emissions Calculator.

78 Fugitive emissionsweight Coarse and fine aggregate delivery to ground storage Drive-over hopperNo10% Underground storage bunkersNo10% Aboveground aggregate storage silos and/or stockpiles contained on three (3) sidesNo10% Misters on coarse aggregate stockpiles for dust controlNo10% Yard emissions Speed limit of 5 MPH on the yard is posted and monitoredNo5% Landscaping of the plant site to minimize airborne dust emissions (Leyland Cypress trees, etc.)No10% Plant entrance(s) paved and swept or washed regularly to avoid track outNo5% Unpaved process areas are misted regularly to minimize dustNo5% Roadways and process areas are paved, and swept (vacuum or misters) or washed regularlyNo15% Sprinklers are installed for plant roadwaysNo5% Dust suppression chemicals/treatmentNo10% Posted dust control proceduresNo5% CONTROLLED FUGITIVE EMISSION SOURCES0.00%

79 Credit 2.3: Reduction of Fresh Water use in Plant Operations PATH A – PERFORMANCE Non-batching fresh water use percentage below national baseline of 13 gal/cy (64.4 l/m 3 ). Documentation Letter from company’s accountant or corporate officer stating total quantity of municipal water purchases and onsite well water used for non-batching purposes. Fresh water use is 10% or more below U.S. national baseline 1 point Fresh water use is 20% or more below U.S. national baseline+1 point Fresh water use is 30% or more below U.S. national baseline+1 point Fresh water use is 40% or more below U.S. national baseline+1 point

80 Credit 2.3: Reduction of Fresh Water use in Plant Operations Recycled process water and/or captured stormwater used for all truck exterior rinses 1 point Captured stormwater used for dust suppression1 point Capture stormwater used to sprinkle aggregate bins for dust control or heating/cooling 1 point Recycled process water and/or captured stormwater AND/ OR “rock out” method used for all mixer drum washouts 1 point PATH B – PRESCRIPTIVE Use recycled water or rainwater for the uses specified in the points table. Documentation Brief narrative describing the water collection and treatment system and the infrastructure in place to allow the use of process water at the location of each credit claimed

81 Credit 2.4: Reduction of Fresh Water Use in Batching Batching fresh water use percentage below national baseline of 25 gal/cy (124 l/m 3 ). Documentation Letter from the company’s accountant or corporate officer stating total amount of municipal fresh water purchases and onsite well water used for batching purposes Water in batching 10% or more below U.S. national baseline 1 point Water in batching 20% or more below U.S. national baseline+1 point Water in batching 30% or more below U.S. national baseline+1 point

82 Credit 2.5: Process Water Collection and Treatment Documentation Brief narrative describing process water management plan including reuse/recycling and/or discharge activities and confirmation of the percentage and method of process water reuse/recycling Reuse/recycle more than 10% of process water generated. Discharge remaining process water in compliance with NPDES permit. 1 point Reuse/recycle more than 40% of process water generated. Discharge remaining process water in compliance with NPDES permit. +1 point Reuse/recycle more than 70% of process water generated. Discharge remaining process water in compliance with NPDES permit. +1 point

83 Credit 2.6: Stormwater Management STORMWATER HARVESTING Concrete plant has systems or practices in place to capture and collect stormwater and use in plant operations to supplement fresh water use 1 point Quantify the amount of stormwater harvested and used in place of fresh water. +1 point RUNOFF REDUCTION Concrete plant has practices in place to reduce stormwater runoff. 1 point Quantify the amount of stormwater runoff reduction. +1 point

84 Credit 2.6: Stormwater Management Documentation STORMWATER HARVESTING Brief narrative, photographs, and site plan describing how the plant captures and uses stormwater Provide documentation that there is a system in place to measure the volume of stormwater harvested and used in plant operations RUNOFF REDUCTION Brief narrative, photographs, and site plan describing how the plant controls and reduces stormwater runoff Provide documentation that there is a system in place to measure the volume of stormwater runoff reduced

85 Credit 2.7: Proper Storage of Chemical and Petroleum Products 1.Provide overfill alarms on all ASTs and USTs. 2.Provide spill containment (curbing or a fuel port) at AST, or underground tank fill locations. 3.Provide breakaway hose connections at fueling stations. 4.Pave the truck/equipment fueling area. 5.Provide adequate lighting at fueling stations. 6.Provide and clearly label the emergency shut off switch at the fueling station.

86 Credit 2.7: Proper Storage of Chemical and Petroleum Products 7.Provide security fencing of the plant perimeter or at a minimum for all required exterior petroleum storage tanks, pumps, piping, and hoses. 8.Protect ASTs from impact by installing bollards or other barriers. 9.Store admixture tanks in a covered or enclosed location. 10.Clearly identify and label the contents of all tanks and drums. 11.Maintain emergency response equipment, materials, and an Emergency Spill Kit in a central and accessible location.

87 Credit 2.7: Proper Storage of Chemical and Petroleum Products At least 7 strategies implemented 1 point All 11 strategies implemented+1 point Documentation Submit photos and copy of the plant site plan identifying Storage and containment facilities Safety measures such as emergency shut off switches and Emergency Spill Kit

88 Credit 2.8: Secondary Containment of Chemical and Petroleum Products Provide appropriately sized secondary containment for all chemical or petroleum products stored in tanks or containers of 55 gallons (208 l) or greater. 2 points Documentation Photos, plant site plan, and calculations demonstrating appropriately sized secondary containment facilities

89 Credit 2.9: Employee Training Plan & Emergency Response Procedures Write and post Employee Training Program for chemical and petroleum products. This should include: 1.Review of MSDS sheet terminology and sheet location 2.Review of site plan and storage locations for chemicals and petroleum products 3.Provide written safety and handling requirements of chemicals and petroleum products 4.Review locations of spill response and personal protective equipment 5.Provide written emergency contact list in the event of a spill

90 Credit 2.9: Employee Training Plan & Emergency Response Procedures Write and post Emergency Response Procedures (or equivalent) for chemical and petroleum product spills. This should include: 1.Written emergency contact list (including 24 hr phone numbers) of plant personnel or other emergency contacts 2.Verbal and written notification requirements for federal, state, and local agencies in the event of a spill or discharge (including the information required to be submitted in the report) 3.Designated Emergency Spill Coordinator and Alternate Emergency Spill Coordinator responsible for ensuring the reports are submitted in a complete and timely manner 4.Step-by-step response procedures in the event of a spill

91 Credit 2.9: Employee Training Plan & Emergency Response Procedures Employee Training Program for chemicals and petroleum products including all 5 elements 1 point Emergency Response Procedures for chemicals and petroleum product spills including all 4 elements 1 point Documentation Brief narrative describing Emergency Response Procedures and Employee Training Program for chemical and petroleum spills

92 Credit 2.10: Reduced Carbon Footprint Documentation Submit a copy of the CO2 Calculator’s output page. CO2e 5% or more below U.S. baseline 1 point CO2e 10% or more below U.S. baseline+1 point CO2e 15% or more below U.S. baseline+1 point CO2e 20% or more below U.S. baseline+1 point CO2e 25% or more below U.S. baseline+1 point CO2e 30% or more below U.S. baseline+1 point Use CO2 Calculator to calculate the plant CO2 footprint

93 Carbon Footprint Calculator Input Data  Material Purchase Data  Material Transportation Data  Plant Energy Data  Fleet Energy Data Results  Plant Annual Carbon Footprint (total and per cy)  Plant Annual Energy Use (total and per cy)

94 NRMCA Sustainable Concrete Carbon Calculator - Annual Benchmark Version RESULTS SUMMARY US Customary UnitsSI Units Annual TotalPer UnitAnnual TotalPer Unit Data Input is 0% Complete Global Warming Potential (CO2e)0 short tons0.00 lbs/yd30 metric tons0.00 kg/m3 Primary Energy Consumption0 MMBTU0.00 MMBTU/yd30 MJ0.00 MJ/m3 A. LOCATION AND PLANT FLEET DATA IN THE YELLOW CELLS BELOW, ENTER THE LOCATION AND PLANT FLEET DATA. Regional Average Select a location from the drop down list. Number of Plants #Location RegionPer Company 1Plant Location Location 0 Fleet DataAmountUnits Regional Average per Year Regional Average per LoadUnitsTotals for All TrucksUnits 2Total Ready Mixed Hauled by Diesel Mixer Trucks yd3/year00.0yd3 per truck0.0lbs/year 3Total Ready Mixed Hauled by Natural Gas Mixer Trucks yd3/year00.0yd3 per truck0.0lbs/year 4Number of Diesel Mixer Trucks in Your Fleet trucks per plant fleet01trucks per load 5Number of Natural Gas Mixer Trucks in Your Fleet trucks per plant fleet01trucks per load Total Volume Production per year 0.00yd3/year0 B. MATERIALS IN THE YELLOW CELLS BELOW, ENTER THE TOTAL ANNUAL QUANTITIES OF MATERIALS USED. Define the specific materials used throughout the year to produce ready mixed concrete. One-Way Distance From Material Source to Plant by Tranportation Mode #MaterialInfoAnnual AmountUnitsInfoTruckRailBargeOceanUnits 1Portland Cement n/a short tons/year0% of Binder Wt mi 2Fine Aggregate - natural sand natural sand short tons/year mi 3Fine Aggregate - crushed stone/concrete crushed stone/concrete short tons/year mi 4 Coarse Aggregate - natural gravelnatural gravel short tons/year mi 5 Coarse Aggregate - crushed stone/concretecrushed stone/concrete short tons/year mi 6SCMs - Fly Ash Fly Ash short tons/year0% of Binder Wt mi 7SCMs - Silica Fume Silica Fume short tons/year0% of Binder Wt mi 8SCMs - BF Slag BF Slag short tons/year0% of Binder Wt mi 9Batch Water 8.35 lbs/gallon gallons/year0 short tons/yearAverageUnits 10Water Used to Washoff & Washout all Trucks in Fleet 8.35 lbs/gallon gallons/year0 short tons/year -wash water gallons/year for fleet Total Mix Weight0.00short tons/year -wash water gallons/year per truck C. READY MIXED CONCRETE PLANT ANNUAL OPERATING ENERGY CONSUMPTION IN THE YELLOW CELLS BELOW, ENTER THE TOTAL ANNUAL PLANT OPERATING ENERGY CONSUMPTION DATA. Operating Energy Consumption Define the annual operation and maintenance data for the ready mixed concrete plant. per Yearper Cubic Yard #Energy TypeValueUnitsRegional AveragePlant Value per Cubic Yard ProducedMMBTUMJMMBTUMJ 1Purchased Electricity (from Grid) kWh/year00.00kWh/yd Purchased Electricity (from Green Grid) kWh/year00.00kWh/yd Natural Gas ft3/year00.00ft3/yd Diesel gallons/year00.00gallons/yd Fuel Oil gallons/year00.00gallons/yd LPG gallons/year00.00gallons/yd30.00 Total0.00 D. TRANSPORTATION FROM PLANT TO SITE IN THE YELLOW CELLS BELOW, ENTER THE TOTAL ANNUAL TRANSPORTATION DATA. Define the total annual transportation data for the ready mixed concrete plant. Plant Average per year for all trucksPlant Average per mile #Annual TransportationValueUnitsRegional AverageMMBTUMJMMBTUMJ 1Annual Diesel Fuel Usage for all Diesel Trucks gal/year Annual Natural Gas Fuel Usage for all Natural Gas Trucks ft3/year Annual Distance Travelled for all Diesel Trucks mi/year00mi/year per truck 4Annual Distance Travelled for all Natural Gas Trucks mi/year00mi/year per truck Total volume delivered (produced) per year 0.00yd3/year0 Average miles per gallon diesel 0.00mi/gal0.00 Average miles per ft3 natural gas 0.00mi/ft30.00

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97 Credit 2.11: Reduced Primary Energy Consumption Documentation Copy of CO2 Calculator results Primary energy consumption 5% or more below U.S. national baseline 1 point Primary energy consumption 10% or more below U.S. national baseline+1 point Primary energy consumption 15% or more below U.S. national baseline+1 point Primary energy consumption 20% or more below U.S. national baseline+1 point Primary energy consumption 25% or more below U.S. national baseline+1 point Primary energy consumption 30% or more below U.S. national baseline+1 point

98 Credit 2.12: Renewable Electricity Use 1.Purchase renewable electricity or REC from Green-e certified suppliers, or equivalent. 2.Generate renewable electricity on site. ≥ 5% electricity from renewable sources 1 point ≥ 10% electricity from renewable sources+1 point ≥ 20% electricity from renewable sources+1 point ≥ 30% electricity from renewable sources+1 point Documentation Copy of energy audit indicating renewable energy and/or RECs purchased from Green-e certified renewable sources Site plan indicating location of power generation equipment

99 Credit 2.13: Noise control Structural Strategies to reduce noise include: 1.Strategically locate plant and significant noise sources, to minimize possible disturbance to neighbors 2.Construct berms, sound walls or solid fencing 3.Plant vegetation to serve as effective sound barriers Operational Strategies to reduce noise include: 1.Replace buzzers, horns and/or loudspeakers with lights and directional arrows 2.Set truck backup alarms to minimum legal limit 3.Only use silo and baghouse vibrators during normal work hours

100 Credit 2.13: Noise control Documentation Brief narrative describing noise management plan Submit photos and the plant site plan indicating berms, sound walls and/or vegetation used to reduce noise Existence of a noise management plan and implement 2 of 6 strategies 1 point Existence of a noise management plan and implement 5 of 6 strategies +1 point

101 Credit 2.14: Employee Transportation 1.Designate reserved parking spaces for carpool vehicles for at least 5% of the total parking capacity, or 2 parking spaces, whichever is greater 2.Designate reserved parking spaces for hybrid and/or alternative fuel vehicles 3.Facilitate organization of vanpool program 4.Plant located within ¼ mile of a commuter rail station, subway station or bus station 5.Provide at least one incentive to encourage employees to use public transportation or alternate transportation modes. Transit pass or vanpool subsidies, Emergency Ride Home program to assist employees who carpool.

102 Credit 2.14: Employee Transportation Implement at least 2 of 5 strategies 1 point Implement at least 4 of 5 strategies+ 1 point Documentation Photos and copy of the plant site plan indicating designated car pool and low-emitting/fuel-efficient vehicle preferred parking spaces Short narrative describing the plant’s proximity to public transportation stops Brief narrative describing any incentives, subsidies or alternative transportation programs implemented by the plant

103 Credit 2.15: Biodiversity The WHC Wildlife at Work sm standard habitat enhancements: 1.Identify and manage exotic, invasive species 2.Create habitat for pollinators 3.Establish an avian management program 4.Enhance visual berms 5.Wetland / pond structural enhancement 6.Conservation education WHC biodiversity program for ready mixed concrete plants can be found at

104 Credit 2.15: Biodiversity Participate in WHC Wildlife at Work sm program and adopt 1 habitat enhancement strategy 1 point Participate in WHC Wildlife at Work sm program and adopt 2 or more habitat enhancement strategies +1 point Achieve WHC Wildlife at Work sm Certification for at least 1 habitat enhancement strategy + 1 point Documentation Documentation that the plant is enrolled in the WHC Wildlife at Work sm program Brief narrative and photos describing the strategies implemented Documentation demonstrating the plant has achieved WHC Wildlife at Work sm Certification

105 Credit 2.16: Worker Safety Incident Rate < point Incident Rate < point Incident Rate < point Documentation Submit a copy of Safety Worksheet Safety Worksheet Number of employee hours worked at this plant in the past year Number of fatalities (Item G*) Number of injuries/illnesses with days away from work (Item H*) Number of injuries/illnesses with job transfer or restriction (Item I*) Number of other recordable cases (Item J*) PLANT INCIDENT RATE

106 3. Delivery and Construction

107 Credit 3.1: Fuel Efficiency Improvement Existence of fleet fuel consumption plan 1 point Fuel consumption ≥ 10% below regional baseline 1 point Fuel consumption ≥ 15% below regional baseline +1 point Fuel consumption ≥ 20% below regional baseline +1 point

108 Credit 3.1: Fuel Efficiency Improvement NRMCA 2007 fleet survey, regional baseline fleet consumption gal/cyl/m 3 Eastern Southeastern South Central Rocky Mountains Great Lakes Midwest North Central Pacific Southwest Pacific Northwest US Average Documentation Brief narrative describing fleet fuel consumption plan Letter from company’s accountant or corporate officer stating: gallons (l) of diesel fuel used for concrete delivery cubic yards (m 3 ) of concrete produced

109 Credit 3.2: Fleet Emissions Reduction ≥ 75% of fleet updated with 2007 or newer engines 1 point 100% of fleet updated 2007 or newer engines+1 point Alternative fuels represent ≥ 10% of total fuel use 1 point Alternative fuels represent ≥ 20% of total fuel use+1 point NRMCA truck certification, or equivalent, for 90% of fleet 1 point Documentation Letter from company’s accountant or corporate officer stating Number of trucks with 2007 or newer engines Total number of trucks that were assigned to plant Total amount of alternative and diesel fuel purchased for concrete delivery Certification numbers for NRMCA certified trucks

110 Credit 3.3: Driver Training At least 50% of drivers CDP certified, or equivalent 1 point At least 75% of drivers CDP certified, or equivalent+1 point Documentation Records of NRMCA CDP certification or equivalent program Brief narrative describing equivalent program Provide driver training for drivers Require NRMCA CDP certification, or equivalent driver training program

111 Credit 3.4: Green Building Products 1.Pervious concrete 2.Self consolidating concrete (SCC) 3.Flowable fill 4.Insulated concrete forms (ICFs), insulated tilt-up walls or insulated removable forms 5.Cool pavements with solar reflectivity index greater than 29 6.Concrete to support green roofs (vegetated roofs) 7.High early strength concrete, greater than 4,000 psi (27.6 MPa) at 72 hours 8.High strength concrete, greater than 8,000 psi (55.2 MPa) 9.Durable concrete with Rapid Chloride Permeability (RCP) test results of 2000 coulombs or lower

112 Credit 3.4: Green Building Products Documentation Brief narrative describing the types and amounts of green building products delivered ≥ 10% of concrete produced is a green building product 1 point ≥ 20% of concrete produced is a green building product +1 point

113 4. Product Use

114 Credit 4.1: Green Building Education for Staff Staff received ≥ 40 PDHs in courses relevant to sustainability and green building 1 point LEED AP or LEED GA on staff1 point NRMCA Certified Concrete Green Building Expert on staff1 point Documentation Brief narrative describing the staff education delivered Name(s) of LEED AP and/or LEED GA on staff Name(s) of Certified Concrete Green Building Experts on staff

115 Credit 4.2: Green Building Education for Specifiers ≥ 120 PDHs delivered in last 12 months relevant to sustainability and green building 1 point ≥ 240 PDHs delivered in last 12 months relevant to sustainability and green building +1 point For example, if a salesman assigned to the plant delivered two one– hour seminars to 10 architects each month in the last year, the total number of PDHs is 20 per month, or 240 hours in the past year. Documentation Brief narrative describing education programs presented and total number of PDHs delivered

116 Credit 4.3: Sustainability Advocacy Participate in any of the following local, state or national committees: 1.NRMCA Sustainability Committee 2.Environmental Task Group of the NRMCA Operations, Environment and Safety Committee 3.USGBC local chapter 4.ACI Sustainability Committee 5.ASTM concrete related committees 6.Green Building Initiative committees 7.Other sustainability related group or committees Participation in one or more of the listed local, state, or national committees, groups and organizations 1 point Documentation Names of individuals and the organizations, committees and/or programs in which they participate

117 5. Material Reuse and Recycling

118 Credit 5.1: Excess Concrete Reduction ≤ 3% returned concrete 1 point ≤ 1% returned concrete+2 points Documentation Brief narrative describing: Total amount of concrete returned Total amount of concrete produced Returned concrete percentage calculations

119 Credit 5.2: Diversion of Returned Concrete from Disposal ≥ 50% returned concrete diverted from disposal 1 point ≥ 75% returned concrete diverted from disposal+1 point 100% returned concrete diverted from disposal+1 point Documentation Brief narrative describing: How returned concrete is diverted from landfills Total amount of returned concrete diverted from landfills Total returned concrete Calculations of diverted waste Site plan with equipment used to reclaim concrete and windrow areas

120 Credit 5.3: Other Recycling Initiatives 1.Create a comprehensive written recycling program 2.Provide appropriate facilities on-site for collection 3.Stay abreast of local or national recycling options and regulations Existence of plant-wide recycling program including the appropriate collection facilities for on-site collection 2 points Documentation Brief narrative describing plant-wide recycling programs, such as: Posted lists of recyclable items Recycling bins and/or recycling service agreements

121 6. Additional Sustainable Practices

122 6. Additional Points Strategies for achieving additional points may include: 1.Achieving exemplary performance in an existing credit. 2.Comprehensive evaluation of 50% of mix designs 3.Sustainable landscaping 4.Conduct research to develop innovative products 5.Organized community involvement 6.Achieving recognition for sustainable practices 7.Maintaining quality standards (e.g., NRMCA Certified Production Facility) 8.Other innovative sustainability strategies

123 6. Additional Points Documentation In line with documentation requirements, submit: related narrative, photographs, letters, paperwork, performance tracking, correspondence, certifications 1 sustainable practice implemented/achieved 1 point 2 sustainable practices implemented/achieved+1 point 3 sustainable practices implemented/achieved+1 point 4 sustainable practices implemented/achieved+1 point 5 sustainable practices implemented/achieved+1 point

124 Next Steps

125 Become More Familiar with Guidelines Identify plants Read Guidelines Read Certification Policies and Procedures

126 Future Resources Example submittal List of auditors (consultants) List of certified plants

127 Questions


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