Home builder confidence index approaches 2005 levels

Source: National Association of Home Builders, Washington, D.C.

Builder confidence in the market for new single-family homes rose three points to 59 on the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) for August, marking a fourth consecutive monthly gain and bringing the index to its highest level in nearly eight years.

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Former DOT Chief LaHood keynotes MIT CSHub Showcase 2013

Source: Concrete Sustainability Hub at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge

Seven-term Congressman Ray LaHood (R-IL), who served as President Obama’s first term Secretary of Transportation, will keynote this year’s CSHub Showcase, September 25-26 at the Media Lab on the MIT campus.

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Transportation chief streamlines vehicle inspection paperwork

Source: U.S. Department of Transportation

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx cites a potential $1.7 billion savings for trucking interests from the proposed elimination of a daily paperwork burden tied to Driver Vehicle Inspection Reports (DVIR).

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NRMCA schedules OSHA Hazard Communication Standard webinar

Source: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s recently implemented Hazard Communication Standard requires concrete producers to transition existing Material Safety Data Sheets to a new 16-part Safety Data Sheet (SDS), change product labels and update staff training.

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Task group expedites NCMA plant certification program launch

Sources: National Concrete Masonry Association, Herndon, Va.; CP staff NCMA’s Production Technology and Operations Committee has formed a Plant Certification Program Task Group to oversee guidelines and implementation of a voluntary program for block and paver producers, scheduled for January 2015 rollout. Staff liaison for the program and task group is NCMA Production Specialist Mike Maroney, 571/224-0937, [email protected]

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