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Environmental Product Declarations in the Sustainable Marketplace The asphalt industry needs its own industry-consensus reached measurement rules to create asphalt mixture environmental product declarations that meet the growing sustainability demands of agencies and road owners By Amlan Mukherjee, Ph.D., and Heather Dylla, Ph.D. S ustainability and lifecycle assessments (LCAs) aren't new. In 1969, CocaCola performed a LCA of its beverage containers. The famous case resulted in a can recycling program that resulted in a 90 percent reduction of energy used throughout the can's lifetime. Interest in sustainable building and construction practices gave birth to the green construction industry in the 1980s and 1990s. The U.S. Green Building Council was founded in 1993, and its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) pilot program launched in 1998. The federal government legislated sustainability principles for its own buildings when it included federal building sustainability performance standards in its Energy Policy Act of 2005. Hence, it is not surprising that the forward momentum in sustainability has led a number of agencies and contractors to begin considering the three pillars - environmental, economic, and social - of sustainability as part of their mission statement. The time has come for the asphalt pavement industry to recognize and prepare to operate in a new marketplace governed by sustainability practices. As organizations attempt to illustrate their commitment to sustainability, they must choose means to operate where they can measure their sustainability and that of the vendors they use. Life-Cycle Assessment One method to measure sustainability for the asphalt industry is life-cycle assessment. The International Standards 38 * View past issues online at Organization (ISO) has established standard processes and procedures for developing product labels that use methods in life-cycle assessment to declare the environmental impacts of construction materials. In anticipation of future regulations, that are likely to target reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and environmental impacts, there has been a movement towards declaring the cradle-to-gate impacts of construction materials using ISO standards and procedures. There has been an increasing emphasis in the industry towards transparent reporting of environmental impacts quantified using methods in life-cycle assessment. The recent release of the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED v.4 is evidence that the green construction market is entering a new era of sustainability.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Asphalt Pavement Magazine - January/February 2015

Chairman’s Commentary
Industry News
PaveXpress: A Simplified Pavement Design Tool
Sustainability Section NAPA’s Asphalt Sustainability Conference
The Federal Highway Administration Sustainable Pavements Program
Environmental Product Declarations in the Sustainable Marketplace
Examining the Use of Reflective Pavements to Mitigate the Urban Heat Island Effect
Pavement Vehicle Interaction and Smooth Asphalt Pavement
The NAPA Diamond Achievement Sustainable
Beyond Compliance: Achieving EH&S Excellence
A World of Asphalt Preview Section the World of Asphalt Education Program: Laying the Base for Innovation
Tools for the Trade
Industry Events
Index of Advertisers/

Asphalt Pavement Magazine - January/February 2015