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Life Cycle Assessment Confirms Performance of CalStar Brick
CalStar Products has released an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) of its brick, which details the results of an intensive, months-long life cycle assessment (LCA) conducted by architecture firm Perkins+Will. The LCA verifies the significant environmental benefits of the company’s non-fired brick. The EPD is the first to be published within the brick category and is one of only a handful currently available in the greater building products industry.
“Traditional bricks are beautiful and durable, and now we’ve made them more sustainable,” says Joel Rood, CalStar Products CEO. “CalStar’s mission of reducing the environmental impact of building products can only be quantified with third-party-verified, completely transparent product benchmarking. This is why we made this project a top priority. The results of the LCA confirm that selecting CalStar over traditional options contributes to quantifiable reduction in a project’s environmental footprint.”
Since introducing its first commercial products in 2010, CalStar has noted its masonry products’ energy and emissions savings as a method for reducing the significant environmental impact of manufacturing building products. “In keeping with CalStar’s commitment to transparency and sustainable product leadership, a life cycle assessment was the next logical step for us,” said VP of engineering Julie Rapoport, Ph.D., PE, LEED AP.
“By analyzing the entire CalStar brick production process from cradle-to-grave—that is, from the acquisition of fly ash and other raw materials through manufacture, delivery to jobsite, construction and use, and end-of-life—we were able to measure CalStar’s environmental contributions in each life cycle phase,” says Doug Pierce, senior associate at Perkins+Will. “Making truly informed decisions about green materials can be difficult without quantifiable product benchmarks, and LCAs, when coupled with other indicators and metrics, can help provide those vital benchmarks allowing the sustainable building industry to progress. CalStar is on the leading edge of this burgeoning trend.”
|Last Updated on Monday, 19 November 2012 15:42|