Chaney Enterprises First to Retroactively Participate in IW-EPD
NRMCA Producer member Chaney Enterprises is the first to retroactively add ready mixed concrete plants to the NRMCA industry average environmental product declaration (IW-EPD). The action resulted from the company's November 2020 purchase of Richmond, VA-based GreenRock Materials. The added plants are in Virginia as follows: Ashland, Charles City, Prince George, Richmond, Sandston (portable) and Boydton (portable). The retroactive process requires collecting 12 months of plant operations data across many categories, including material purchases and transportation distances, on-site energy consumption, fleet fuel use, water use and other environmental data such as air emissions, water effluents and waste generation. Afterward, NRMCA’s consultant, Athena, adds that data to the previously-collected dataset which came from approximately 150 companies and 2,000 plant participants across the United States. The IW-EPD and participating companies and plants can be found here.
With the addition of the above plants, Chaney has a total of 28 IW-EPD participating plants in Delaware, Maryland and Virginia that can communicate the environmental impacts of ready mixed concrete production. Driving this decision included expanding Chaney’s commitment to environmental disclosure and responding to market green building projects.
The trend in reporting company and product environmental, social and governance practices is growing and, with environmental impact criteria being discovered in green building construction documents and specifications, procurement decisions are leaning beyond price and performance. When raw material suppliers demonstrate a lower embodied carbon for their customers it provides them increased future business opportunities.
Integral to the Build With Strength campaign, NRMCA promotes Strength Through Transparency for member and industry competitiveness in the green building marketplace and the trends toward product and company transparency.
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