20 MPa Concrete made from recycled aggregates. Suitable for commercial, industrial and residential construction purposes.
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Global GreenTagCert™LCARate Gold Certified, 20 Mpa Concrete made from recycled aggregates. Suitable for commercial and residential construction purposes.
Global GreenTagCert™LCARate Assessment
Integrated Design Synergy
Product has not been assessed under this criterion. Product does not create synergy within other building systems and hence this SAC is deemed 'Not Applicable'.
Recycled Concrete has been attributed a score of 0.64 on a scale of -1 to 1 where 0 is neutral and 1 is worst case BAU under SAC-2 Life Cycle Assessment - Greenhouse. The lower the score, the better the product performs in this category.
Product achieves Greenhouse gas emissions of 245.7 KgCO2e/m3.
Greenhouse emissions are comprised of negative impacts from CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions.
The Greenhouse gas footprints for the product are measured in accordance with ISO 14067:2006 or PAS 2050:2008.
Product utilises a significant amount (approximately 44%) of post consumer recycled aggregate sourced from unused concrete returned by customers and building rubble. This reduces the associated greenhouse has emissions of the product compared to using virgin aggregate.
Recycled Concrete has been attributed a score of 0.10 on a scale of 0 to 1 where 0 is neutral and 1 is worst case BAU under SAC-3 Life Cycle Assessment - Health. The lower the score, the better the product performs in this category.
CAUTIONARY ASSESSMENT PROCESS (ESCAP)
Issues of Concern / Red Lights
The product has successfully passed the ESCAP and no issues of concern or red light comments exist regarding the toxicity of the products. The manufacturer of Recycled Concretehas a certified ISO 14001 EMS and has demonstrated the gathering of data on toxics usage and generation in a format that allows for the tracking of all toxics purchased or generated, with the aim of elimination of toxics in the production process, along with a commitment to continuous improvement.
This product contains Crystalline Silica. Crystalline silica exists in a variety of other common materials such as concrete, render, grout, tile, glass etc. This issue relates to the cutting, grinding and other occupational production activities of products containing crystalline silica and is not an issue as installed in buildings.
The IARC classifies crystalline silica inhaled in the form of quartz, from occupational sources, as carcinogenic to humans (Group 1). However, the Australian body, ASCC/NOHSC (National Occupational Health and Safety Commission) have not classified crystalline silica as a carcinogen.
Accordingly the sanding, grinding and other occupational production activities of products containing Crystalline Silica, may present issues if appropriate precautions are not taken. Precautions for workers such as reducing exposure to product in dust form and using appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) mitigate potential issues to low risk in accordance with an Ecospecifier Risk Assessment.
Life Cycle Assessment - Global GreenTag LCA EcoPoints
Recycled Concrete has been attributed a score of 0.47 on a scale of 0 to 1 where 0 is neutral and 1 is worst case BAU under SAC-4 Life Cycle Assessment - LCA EcoPoints, based on the comparison to the Business as Usual (BAU) 20Mpa virgin mix reinforced concrete.
An LCA EcoPoint within the Global GreenTag Standard is the weighted results of the Cradle to End of Life LCA analysis of the building material, compared to a 'Business as Usual' or typical worst case scenario product used within the market. The LCA EcoPoint score for a product is determined by product raw materials composition, manufacturing processes and transportation impacts and includes any required preparation and directly associated components.
The life cycle impacts considered by the LCA EcoPoint score include:
- Energy and Fuel use
- Air Pollution
- Ozone Depletion
- Human Health
- Ecosystem Quality
- Eco-Toxins and Waste
- Resource Depletion
- Water Pollution
Recycled Concretehas been attributed a score of 0.06 on a scale of -1 to 1 where 0 is neutral and 1 is worst case BAU under SAC-5 Biodiversity - Physical Impacts (non-LCA).
The use of significant recycled aggregate minimises emissions to land on-site and other environmental impacts, associated with the production of concrete. This can include solid wastes, slurries, sediments, spills and leaks during the storage and distribution of liquids and may contain National Pollutant Inventory (NPI) listed substances. Emission sources can be broadly categorised as surface impoundment of liquids and slurries and unintentional leaks and spills.
The use of minor volumes of virgin aggregate generates biodiversity impacts through the atmospheric emissions generated during the manufacturing processes.
Recycled Concrete has been attributed a score of 0.75 on a scale of 0 to 1 where 0 is neutral and 1 is worst case BAU under SAC-6 Corporate Social Responsibility.
Corporate Social Responsibility Policy
Both the manufacturer and supplier of Recycled Concrete have implemented a Corporate Social Responsibility Policy that demonstrates that the organisation considers the impacts of its activities on the environment, consumers, employees, communities and all other members of the public sphere during corporate decision-making.
SOCIAL OR RESTORATIVE PROGRAM PARTICIPATION
ResourceCo Pty Ltd are currently undertaking two rehabilitation programs of a quarry in Victoria and a landfill site in South Australia with the aim to control and manage environmental impacts and to develop a landform acceptable to community and a possible recreational reserve.
ResourceCo Pty Ltd is also a sponsor of a community service program, supporting their services with the aim to benefit the community.
ResourceCo Pty Ltd has been involved in any litigation in the past 5 years but has provided the description of noncompliance and evidence of corrective action which has been sighted and reviewed by Ecospecifier Global GreenTagCertTMand it was deemed to be compliant with relevant social and environmental legislative or other legal requirements.
COMPLIANT SUPPLY CHAIN
Yes, both the manufacturer and supplier of Recycled Concretehas implemented a Corporate Social Responsibility Policy that demonstrates the organisation considers the impacts of its activities on the environment, consumers, employees, communities, and all other members of the public sphere during corporate decision-making.
Independent assurance and documented evidence has been sighted by Global GreenTag from major suppliers demonstrating whole of enterprise social compliance to International Labour Organisation (ILO) conventions (as a minimum):
- Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining (Conventions 87 and 98);
- Elimination of Forced and Compulsory Labour (Conventions 29 and 105);
- Elimination of Discrimination in respect of employment and occupation (Conventions 100 and 111);
- Occupational Safety and Health (Convention 155 and its accompanying Recommendation No. 164); and
- Occupational Health Services (Convention 161 and its accompanying Recommendation No. 171).
Recycled Concrete has been compared to an industry standard 20Mpa virgin mix reinforced concrete which serves as the business as usual for the concrete product category. The life cycle inventory data compiled for the BAU product was obtain from industry studies.
Information last verified on 16th July 2015. Certification valid until 28th June 2016.
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