Addressing Sustainability through Codes and Standards

All market sectors, including concrete, are disclosing sustainability-related products or enterprise
information in response to market demand. This is mostly due to stakeholders wanting to make more
informed and responsible decisions when selecting building materials.

Similarly, the construction industry is driving product transparency through Material & Resources credits
of the LEED rating system and other building codes, standards, and regulations. While this places new
burdens on building owners and design/construction teams, it simultaneously develops opportunities
for designers and contractors to disclose and reduce environmental impacts.

This presentation describes how codes and standards drive progress in sustainability and transparency
in the built environment.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand terminology and concepts relevant to sustainability standards, such as environmental product declarations (EPDs), life cycle inventory (LCI), life cycle assessment (LCA), responsible sourcing and material ingredient disclosure.
  • Assess the roles of ASTM, ASHRAE 189.1, LEED v5, the International Green Construction Code, and Architecture 2030 in driving transparency in the AEC industry.
  • Analyze concrete’s contributions to LEED, and other green building standards.
  • Discover the ways in which innovative concrete formulations/uses contribute to sustainability efforts in current Buy-Clean Federal and State requirements.
10:45 AM - 11:15 AM
23 May 2024
Federal A


Tiffany Reed-Villarreal
Director, Sustainability Codes and Standards Organization, National Ready-mixed Concrete Association