Verifi = Consistent Quality Concrete = Concrete Sustainability
The best definitions of sustainability make reference to the “triple bottom line”, giving consideration to the economic, ecological and social impact of a business. Sustainability is a balance between the need of a company to generate profits, the needs of workers and the broader community, and the needs of our planet and the natural environment.
In addition to the numerous economic benefits for concrete producers and their customers, Verifi also enables significant benefits to people and the planet.
The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) recently launched a plant sustainability initiative (“Sustainable Concrete Plant Guidelines”, by Chris Argeles and Miranda Intrator of West Main Consultants, William Twitty, and Mike Armor; RMC Research and Education Foundation, April 2010) that creates industry targets for improvements in 5 different categories of environmental impact (carbon footprint, embodied energy, water use, waste generated, and recycled content) along with a non-quantified desire to improve human health and social well being.
Verifi positively impacts every category of the Sustainable Concrete Plant Guidelines.
Verifi Improves Every Targeted Area of Concrete Sustainability
- Carbon Footprint: Reduced concrete overdesign yields decrease in cement content
- Embodied energy: Verifi reduces drum rotations, reduces fuel consumption, and improves concrete quality
- Water use: Verifi results in the use of less water in the concrete mix
- Waste content: The decreased number of rejected and returned loads saves on both fuel and potentially wasted loads
- Human health and social well-being: Verifi helps increase job satisfaction for drivers and batchmen, while reducing conflict across the construction value chain, as wasted time, rejected loads, rip outs and repairs are dramatically reduced