Beginning in 2025, the state of New York will require contractors that use concrete mixes for state projects to prove that their environmental impact falls below state-set limits. The “Buy Clean Concrete” mandate is the first statewide directive in the U.S. to dictate greenhouse gas emission limits for agency projects.
The mandate will require contractors to submit environmental product declarations (EPDs) for all concrete mixes. It will apply to state-funded building projects of $1 million or more that use at least 50 cubic yards of concrete. It also will apply to all transportation contracts of at least $3 million that use more than 200 cubic yards. There will be exceptions for emergency repairs and projects that need quick-cure or high-strength concrete.