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Sustainability specialist economizes plant-specific LCA, EPD preparation

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.; Athena Sustainable Materials Institute, Ottawa; CP staff

A catalyst behind the database of concrete and cement production environmental impacts, the Athena Sustainable Materials Institute has released an online calculator affording ready mixed producers instant Life Cycle Assessment and Environmental Product Declaration figures for any mix, easing preparation of full LCA and EPD reports for green building certification candidate projects.

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Natural disaster-wise governor measures building, human resilience

Gov 150Sources: CP staff; Portland Cement Association, Skokie, Ill.

In a resilience-themed keynote address at the PCA Spring Congress, two-term Mississippi Governor and past Republican National Committee Chairman Haley Barbour assured his audience, “In my state, there is a whole lot more concrete being used today than there was before Hurricane Katrina.”

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DOT solicits input on prospective rule addressing sleep apnea-prone truck drivers

Sources: U.S. Department of Transportation; National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.; CP staff

Per National Transportation Safety Board recommendation, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is seeking public input on the impacts of screening, evaluating and treating commercial motor vehicle drivers for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The agency poses 20 questions it deems will provide the necessary information before determining whether or not to pursue a proposed rule.

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Oldcastle Precast raises Intermountain presence in Colorado Precast asset deal

Sources: Oldcastle Precast Inc., Atlanta; CP staff

Oldcastle Precast has boosted its Colorado, Montana and Wyoming underground structures market stake, acquiring the assets of Loveland, Colo.-based Colorado Precast Co. Known for delivering custom products or structures well beyond their typical shipping radius, Colorado Precast also excels in offerings consistent with Oldcastle Precast’s strategy of being a leading infrastructure solution provider in every major U.S. market.

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QC specialist applies 3D imaging to concrete masonry height, volume, density

Sources: Neoculus Technologies, Quebec City, Quebec; CP staff

HVD 150A developer of real time inspection tools for a range of production processes timed commercial launch of the HVD (Height Volume Density) Control System for concrete brick, block and pavers with the National Concrete Masonry Association’s 2016 ICON-Xchange in Orlando. The announcement follows Neoculus Technologies’ piloting of the equipment with Oldcastle Architectural’s Quebec-based Permacon business.

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