Lehigh Cement sets new watermark for clinker + limestone + ash blends

Lehigh Hanson Inc. is extending its recently launched, carbon-wise EcoCem portland-limestone cement series with EcoCem PLUS, milled at the Lehigh Cement Edmonton Plant and Terminal and debuting in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Finished by inter-grinding cement clinker, fly ash, limestone and gypsum, the material outperforms traditional CSA Group-grade (High Sulphate Limestone blend) HSLb-20F powder in resisting sulphate attack, common in…

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Glen-Gery looks to rainscreen facades as unit masonry companion

Glen-Gery Corp., the flagship business of Brickworks North America, has launched Terraçade, a ceramic façade cladding system suiting both creative and practical applications. Its 9/16-in. thick and 11 3/16-in. high tiles, delivered in approximately 23- and 47-in. lengths, are offered in an impressive range of colors and finishes.

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ACI updates key construction reference, expands membership benefits

The American Concrete Institute has broadened the scope of ACI 301-20, Specifications for Concrete Construction, to include internal curing, mineral fillers and recycled aggregates, plus evaluation requirements for elements cast with self-consolidating mixes and structures with defined modulus of elasticity requirements. Compliance details have been updated to align with ACI 318-19, Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete—providing clarity on the…

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Oldcastle Infrastructure evolves polymer reinforcement practice

Oldcastle Infrastructure has approved namesake composite lattice material from WEAV3D Inc. for reinforcement applications in its polymer concrete and SMC composite products. Ideal for underground energy, transportation and communication applications, the WEAV3D lattice is a non-metallic reinforcement that provides high levels of durability and strength, as well as resistance to corrosion and other environmental conditions. It addresses limitations of traditional…

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Patent expansively covers Geosynthetic Cementitious Composite Mat concept

A patent just issued to Santa Monica, Calif.-based Cortex Composites Inc. embodies key aspects of an emerging alternative to cast-in-place, shotcrete or precast concrete surfaces or structures—Geosynthetic Cementitious Materials Composite Mats (GCCM)—for channel, canal or ditch lining, erosion control and slope protection. Weighed against conventional concrete in heavy/civil, mining or oil & gas work, GCCM afford time, labor and material…

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MIT CLIMATE CONSORTIUM UNITES LAFARGEHOLCIM AND U.S. CORPORATE ELITE

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Climate and Sustainability Consortium (MCSC), launched late last month, convenes an alliance of leaders from a broad range of industries and aims to drive solutions addressing climate change threats. Organizers characterize the group as uniting “similarly motivated, highly creative and influential companies to work with MIT to build a process, market, and ambitious implementation strategy…

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LafargeHolcim enters roofing, siding & insulation via Firestone Building Products

LafargeHolcim Ltd. projects a second quarter closing on a $3.4 billion deal for Nashville-based Firestone Building Products (FBP), the largest acquisition in the company’s five-year history and one stretching well beyond its cement, aggregate and ready mixed concrete production competencies. With a full range of EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer), thermoplastic polyolefin, PVC, asphalt and metal offerings, FBP is a…

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Brick plant data nets Industry-Wide Environmental Product Declaration

The Brick Industry Association reports that clay unit masonry can now contribute toward fulfillment of Materials and Resources requirements for (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) LEED v4.0 and v4.1 certification candidate projects. A new United States-Canada Industrywide Clay Brick Environmental Product Declaration (Brick Industrywide EPD) has been third-party certified and published, and reflects data surrounding the manufacture of units…

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