The ViroDecs EPD - At a Glance
The ViroDecs™ Environmental Product Declaration provides a rigorous, science-based and independently verified framework for calculating and transparently communicating the embodied environmental impacts of Holcim’s Ready-mix concrete range.
Advancing from generic environmental information to product, company and geographically-specific information will allow for deeper, broader and more customised analysis with greater confidence in the results.
The key components of the EPD include:
ViroDecs™ - a first for ready-mix concrete in Australia: Why Holcim hopes the EPD will lead the way for other concrete providers, fostering a whole-of-life sustainability approach to the Australian construction materials industry.
Why have we developed this EPD?: Exploring the product and project lifecycles represented by the ViroDecs™ EPD.
Ready-mix concrete: Explanation of the various properties and classes available in Holcim’s Ready-mix concrete range.
Concrete and Lifecycle Assessment: An analysis of the carbon footprint of construction materials.
Sustainability at Holcim: A snapshot of the sustainability initiatives and commitments by LafargeHolcim globally.
The LafargeHolcim Foundation: An introduction to the international sustainable construction initiatives of the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction.
Peak sustainability bodies: Testimonials and endorsements of the ViroDecs™ EPD from peak industry sustainability bodies.
Key Green Star and ISCA projects: Showcasing key Green Star and Infrastructure Sustainability-rated projects for which Holcim has supplied ready-mix concrete including Metro Tunnel Project in Victoria, WestConnex M4 East in Sydney, Sydney CBD and South East Light Rail, Stage 1B Basement works at Barangaroo South, Sunshine Coast University Hospital, Logan Enhancement Project, Sydney Metro NorthWest - Tunnel, Stations and Civil Works, NorthConnex, WestConnex M5, and Sydney Metro City and Southwest - Tunnel and Station Excavation Works.
How the EPD can be used in the Infrastructure Sustainability and Green Star rating schemes: Technical information and case studies exploring the EPD’s role in construction industry sustainability rating schemes.
Holcim’s management systems: An introduction to the comprehensive and multifaceted management systems in place to improve accountability, risk management, safety, health, and environmental outcomes at Holcim.
Lifecycle Analysis information: Detailed interpretation and technical data representing the lifecycle analysis of Holcim’s Ready-mix concrete.
EPD product description: Materials and features of Holcim’s ViroDecs™ Ready-mix concrete range.
Environmental performance: Detailed index of all environmental impacts considered in the EPD, and analysis of its performance.
Interpretation: Comparison of the ViroDecs™ General, Fly Ash Blend, Blast Slag Blend and Triple Blend.
Other lifecycle stages not included in this EPD: Discussion of lifecycle stages of concrete products and projects.