NPCA professional staff represented the precast concrete industry during a recent bi-annual meeting of the Alliance for Concrete Codes and Standards (ACCS).
The virtual meeting brought various concrete industry associations and institutes together to discuss the impact of Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) on the industry.
The ACCS was formed to coordinate and assess industry positions on provisions and proposed changes under consideration by national codes and standards writing organizations, as well as identify research required to support ACCS positions.
During the virtual meeting on April 28, participants submitted a proposal to provide ACCS representation on the various technical committees developing embodied carbon standards.
The proposal addressed a growing concern that the newly developed standards could adversely affect the concrete industry due to the involvement of other construction material industries.
After the discussion, the ACCS group voted 8-0 to approve the proposal and provide the requested funding.
The group will work to develop a long-term strategy to address the issue, in addition to participation on technical committees.
It was also reported that many industry parties are addressing the expiration of their EPDs and are taking the steps to get them current and updated.
Any codes and standards related questions, concerns, comments, and leads can be directed to Eric Carleton, P.E., NPCA Director of Codes and Standards.