Jess S. Jackson Sustainable Winery Building at UC Davis Showcases Breakthrough Sustainability Technologies and Implements Concrete Firsts

Winery is expected to be certified net zero energy under Living Building Challenge

DAVIS, Calif., May 29, 2013 —Today, at the grand opening of the Jess S. Jackson Sustainable Winery (JSWB) at UC Davis, Central Concrete Supply, Inc., a U.S. Concrete, Inc. (NASDAQ-USCR) company, along with Basalite Concrete Products and CarbonCure Technologies, announced that the JSWB implemented many first-of-its-kind sustainable design and construction products, including two new concrete innovations.

UC Davis announced that the 8,500 square foot building is expected to be the first building at any university to be certified Net Zero Energy under the Living Building Challenge. This building will use various green services to provide sustainable resources, such as water harvesting and filtration and power production, to the adjacent Teaching and Research Winery and August A. Busch III Brewery and Food Science Laboratory.

Looking to reduce its carbon footprint, the JSWB and design team members looked to each of the concrete suppliers to provide high impact solutions. The project used more than 2,500 specially manufactured concrete masonry units (CMUs) made using CarbonCure technology, which permanently sequesters waste carbon dioxide into the units. This was the first project manufactured by Basalite Concrete Products utilizing the CarbonCure technology.  The CarbonCure blocks, combined with the first use of Central Concrete’s low CO2 90% cement replacement mix, makes this the lowest-carbon CMU wall built to date.  Fifty percent cement replacement was achieved in slab and foundations.

“Central Concrete appreciated working with such a forward-thinking design team, interested in pursuing innovative, sustainable product solutions for the Jess. S. Jackson Winery Building”, said Mike Donovan, director, quality and assurance, Central Concrete Supply. “Our combined efforts resulted in us producing an extremely low CO2 concrete mix, with 90% cement replacement materials, for this project’s blockfill applications.”

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About the Jess S. Jackson Sustainable Winery Building (JSWB)

Located at the University of California, Davis, the 8,500-square-foot building will be used to explore new research areas, including ways to maximize water conservation in wine production and sequester carbon dioxide during fermentation. With the technology that the JSWB uses, the winery plans to produce wine with a net-zero carbon footprint and to develop and apply models that are workable for the larger wine industry.

About Central Concrete

Central Concrete Supply Co., Inc., a business unit of U.S. Concrete, Inc. (NASDAQ-USCR), has been serving the San Francisco Bay Area for more than 60 years. The company is recognized for engineering higher-performing concrete than traditional concrete, while significantly lowering the carbon footprint with its low CO2 mixes.

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About Basalite Concrete Products

Basalite Concrete Products, acquired by Pacific Coast Building Products in 1979, has become one of the largest suppliers of concrete products in the Western United States.

Product lines include structural block, interlocking paving stones, wall systems, retaining walls, garden products and a full range of packaged concrete products.

The use of Basalite concrete masonry units (CMUs) has grown rapidly in demand over the past couple of decades as a result of advances in building design and changes in architectural preference. Basalite presents a complete offering of colors, shapes and sizes and often works with architects to create custom effects that showcase a building’s design. For more information, visit:

About CarbonCure Technologies

CarbonCure Technologies is a materials science innovator deploying CO2-sequestration solutions to concrete products manufacturers. Concrete is the second most widely used material globally and is responsible for 6-8% of total greenhouse gas emissions. The Company’s proprietary technology is an elegant method of repurposing waste CO2 to make concrete less carbon-intensive. The Halifax, Nova Scotia-based Company is commercializing its construction products technology with market leaders in California (Basalite Concrete Products), Ontario (Atlas Block) and Nova Scotia (Shaw Group). These manufacturers offer architects attractive and affordable design options with “simply better concrete” for green building masonry projects. CarbonCure products were recognized by as one of the Top 10 Building Products for 2013. For more information visit

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Media Contacts:

Anne Banta
Central Concrete

Jennifer Wagner
Vice President of Marketing
CarbonCure Technologies


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