Whenever one looks to improve upon something, a baseline is needed to measure that improvement. When you start a weight loss program, your current weight becomes the baseline you continually measure against.
The 2010 Creative Use of Precast (CUP) Awards were given to recipients during The Precast Show 2011, held in Charlotte, NC Jan. 27-29.
Precast products are made in a controlled environment, weather is never a factor, and you can build year round in just about any climate, which makes them perfect for residential construction.
The National Precast Concrete Association will make it's first appearance at the US Green Building Council's Greenbuild expo this year. The exhibit will feature a large graphic that allows specifiers to visualize how precast concrete products can be used.
With the numerous components precasters provide to a wide variety of building projects, and the number of ways precast can help earn LEED points, the LEED rating system continues to grow in importance as precasters are increasingly asked to contribute to LEED design projects. To assist members, NPCA launched the LEED calculator for U.S. projects. The calculator was developed in order to simplify the paperwork requested for the completion of LEED Credits MR 4 and MR 5. We are now happy to report the calculator has been expanded to include the Canadian LEED rating system, as well as allow entry of Canadian postal codes in either rating system.
In a prime example of how precast manufactures are becoming increasingly focused on sustainability and green practices, NPCA member Reading Precast took one step beyond producing materials that can contribute to achieving LEED points on the job site.
Precast concrete contributes to the first LEED Gold certification of U.S. correctional facility.
The Environmental Technology Center (ETC) of Sonoma State University successfully used a concrete mix that included 8 percent rice hull ash and 42 percent coal fly ash that obtained compressive strengths of 3,000 psi at 56 days and 8,000 psi at one year, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
Precast LEEDs the way.
What does the precast industry need to do to “go green”?