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CarbonCure and Northfield Block lead the concrete green movement

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CarbonCure Technologies Inc. and Northfield Block, an Oldcastle APG subsidiary, have issued the first Health Product Declaration (HDP) for any concrete product in North America.

The pioneering document reveals the health impacts of one of Northfield’s most popular products, Trendstone® Sandstone, made with the CarbonCure technology, which is manufactured using waste carbon dioxide (CO2).

Health and environmental impact

The announcement comes following news released earlier in 2013 that the first Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for any concrete product in North America, was issued by CarbonCure and the concrete producer Atlas Block. Together, the two announcements show that the concrete industry is responding to demands from building designers and developers to disclose the health and environmental impact of building materials.

With the goal of increasing transparency, EPDs and HPDs allow manufacturers to communicate the environmental and health impact of a product to designers and developers. These documents are expected to be critical tools as the green building industry continues to grow at 20% annually.

The CarbonCure by Northfield Block HPD was issued for Northfield’s Trendstone® Sandstone product that contains CO2 captured from smoke stacks using CarbonCure’s green technology.

Requests for HPDs

"The construction industry is going through a transformative change,” commented Northfield President, Craig Belasco. “Architects are demanding information about the health impacts of building materials, so they can create healthy and safe buildings. Northfield is thrilled to be leading the industry in being the first to respond to these demands."

Many leading architectural firms, including Chicago’s Wight & Company, are pleased to have this information available, and are starting to request HPDs from their suppliers.

"Congratulations to CarbonCure and Northfield for stepping up to the plate and issuing the first HPD for concrete. Our goal as a design firm is to protect the health of the people who work and live in the buildings we bring to life. We look forward to working with manufacturers to promote transparency," said Wight’s Senior Vice President, Lois Vitt Sale.

The CarbonCure by Northfield Block HPD was developed in compliance with the Health Product Declaration open standard and is available for download here.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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