The increased marketplace demand for more resilient structures with products produced from sustainable processes has accelerated the need to verify those owner requirements and community goals. To respond to these demands, the marketplace needs a standard method of being able to compare products and production processes. A Product Category Rule (PCR) in combination with an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) is rapidly becoming the means to classify individual products as well as serve as a comparison between products.

ASTM will host a workshop that includes an Introduction to Product Category Rules (PCR), Environmental Product Declarations (EPD), and Other Aspects of Sustainable Process and Resilient Materials on Dec. 8 at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront, Jacksonville, Fla. Sponsored by ASTM International Committee C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates, the workshop will be held in conjunction with the committee’s standards development meetings.

This workshop will provide the basics of these documents and how they relate to individual raw materials as well as ready-mix concrete. ASTM has recently announced that is has become a Program Operator and in the business of verifying EPDs. This will also be explained as well as how PCRs and EPDs fit into the overall strategic picture for ASTM going forward.

Online registration will open approximately eight weeks before the workshop. For registration and additional information, visit

Additional technical information is available from workshop co-chairmen Richard Szecsy, Texas Aggregates & Concrete Association, Austin, Texas (phone: 512-451-5100; and Steven Parker, CHRYSO Inc., Rockwall, Texas (phone: 214-415-7089;

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For more on this topic, read "Keeping up with the Acronyms," in TCP's April 2013 issue.