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LafargeHolcim targets insulation market with mineral foam product

Sources: LafargeHolcim Ltd., Zurich; CP staff

LafargeHolcim characterizes its new product, Airium, as a disruptive technology for the insulation market. Developed at the producer’s global research & development center near Lyon, France, the fire-resistant, mineral insulating foam improves buildings’ energy efficiency from floor to ceiling.

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Headwaters on board with Boral merger offer

Sources: Headwaters Inc., South Jordan, Utah; Boral Ltd., Sydney; CP staff

A binding merger agreement announced Sunday, November 20, will unite the top two U.S. fly ash marketers and precast concrete stone veneer producers. Boral Ltd. will acquire Headwaters Inc. in a cash deal with enterprise value of approximately $2.6 billion; stockholders will receive $24.25 per share, a 21 percent premium to Headwaters’ November 18 closing price.

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Founding U.S. Green Building Council chief passes torch

Sources: U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Washington, D.C.; CP staff

The U.S. Green Building Council has completed a leadership transition with Mahesh Ramanujam succeeding President and CEO Rick Fedrizzi. “I am grateful for the opportunity to continually develop and enhance USGBC’s capabilities and performance to ensure we deliver the future our founders envisioned—transforming the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated so they enable a healthy and prosperous environment,” says Ramanujam, who continues as president of the Council’s LEED rating system administrator, Green Building Certification Inc. “Our work has had a tremendous impact on millions of people. USGBC is not just about buildings. It is about bold leadership to create business and community transformation while driving sustainability for all.”

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Titan/STI’s Constantino first up in ASTM International Ambassadors program

Sources: ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pa.; CP staff

Separation Technologies LLC Director Business Development Dr. Cesar Constantino will deliver the inaugural presentation under a new program linking North America-based ASTM members with overseas peers aiming to apply Society standards to strengthen their practices and industries.

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OSHA issues final rule on walking-working surfaces, new personal fall protection

Source: Occupational Safety and Health Administration

A final rule updating OSHA general industry Walking-Working Surfaces standards specific to slip, trip and fall hazards includes a new Personal Protective Equipment section establishing employer requirements for fall protection systems.

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