The Canadian Concrete Pipe & Precast Association (CCPPA) has developed a new Environmental Product Declaration (EPD).
“Committing to sustainable development and environmental transparency, the CCPPA and its members developed, published and third-party verified this declaration that reveals the potential environmental impact of its concrete-based infrastructure products,” the association said in a news release.
“Transparency is key,” says CCPPA chair Andy Dutfield. “It really is a type of nutrition label for our customers and the general public who need to know the environmental impact of concrete pipe and related products made and available in Canada. It’s our goal as an association to further develop environmentally compatible and sustainable construction products for now and for future generations.”
The association presented at its fall membership meeting in Kitchener in October its Canadian industry-average business-to-business Type III EPD covering three product categories: Concrete pipe; concrete box structures; and manholes/catch basins.
The EPD takes a “cradle-to-gate” approach, covering the potential environmental impact of standardized life cycle processes from raw material supply, methods of transportation for all materials in each stage of production, and the manufacturing process to the point the product leaves the “gate”.
CCPPA says the declaration also supports transparency for sustainable construction certification programs, such as LEEDv4, Envision, and other green purchasing programs that are currently under development.
CCPPA represents 14 member companies operating 23 precast manufacturing facilities in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario. Data was based on 14 surveys of member facilities and took regional production, plant size and product type into consideration. The association worked with Andrea Boddy Consulting and the team at Athena Institute to complete and verify the declaration.
For specific information on the CCPPA EPD, please visit