LafargeHolcim measures building enclosure prospects in Firestone deal

Sources: LafargeHolcim Ltd., Zurich; CP staff LafargeHolcim 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…

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UN sustainability goals inform new Equipment Manufacturers council

As part of a commitment to building on the momentum of a sustainable future, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers has established a Sustainability Council comprised of leaders from member companies. Through the Council, they will help advance AEM member efforts in addressing issues of sustainability and provide a framework for adoption of best practices and innovation.

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LafargeHolcim ties bond yield to carbon performance in financing first

Sources: LafargeHolcim Ltd., Zurich; CP staff LafargeHolcim is breaking new ground in financing instruments among heavy building materials operators. Investors in its 850 million-euro ($1.03 billion) sustainability-linked bond will earn a higher coupon upon 2031 maturity should the producer not meet a primary objective—cutting net carbon dioxide emissions per ton of cementitious material output—by the end of the decade. 

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ASCE opens Sustainable Infrastructure standard draft to comment

Sources: American Society of Civil Engineers, Reston, Va.; CP staff The American Society of Civil Engineers invites comments through January 25 on the draft of a new document, ASCE/COS 73-XX Standard Requirements for Sustainable Infrastructure. Components and outcomes described in Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Life-Cycle Cost Analysis, Natural World, Quality of Life, Resilience, Resource Allocation and Sustainability Leadership chapters are intended…

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Roadmap to carbon neutrality leads cement industry 2021 deliverables

Sources: Portland Cement Association, Washington, D.C.; CP staff Portland Cement Association members aim to finalize next year a template to achieve carbon neutrality across the concrete value chain by 2050. A roadmap will likely factor data-driven process and practice metrics: From cement mills’ raw material extraction and kiln fuel, to concrete producers’ promotion of supplementary cementitious materials-rich mix designs, to…

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InWhite Solutions series advances sustainability, UHPC practice

Lehigh White Cement Co. is helping to drive sustainable development and resilient design through the patented Futurecem binder technology of parent company, Cementir Holding, Italy. Sourced without the supply constraints, increasing scarcity and volatile pricing often accompanying outside industries’ byproducts, Futurecem represents a potential 50 percent carbon dioxide emissions reduction over conventional portland cement concrete without sacrificing performance. The technology…

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Cemex begins global rollout of branded, net-zero CO2 concrete

Sources: Cemex S.A.B. de C.V., Monterrey, Mexico; CP staff The first-ever net-zero carbon dioxide concrete from Cemex will soon be available in the producer’s major markets worldwide after a successful launch in Europe. A series ranging from low carbon to net-zero CO2 mixes, Vertua is based on a geopolymer binder solution from the Cemex Research and Development Center in Switzerland. Compared to…

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HeidelbergCement earns Sustainably Managed Companies ranking

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Sources: CP staff; Wall Street Journal Lehigh Hanson Inc. parent company HeidelbergCement AG ranks 37 among 100 Sustainably Managed Companies that the Wall Street Journal recognizes in its October 14 edition. The concrete, aggregate and cement giant scores 73.2 overall on a list where such scores range from 78.8 (#1, Sony) to 71.1 (#100, International Paper). HeidelbergCement ranks in upper and lower quartiles…

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PCA programs portland-limestone cement promotion

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Sources: Portland Cement Association, Washington, D.C.; CP staff PCA’s just-launched microsite, www.greenercement.com, supports the use of portland-limestone cement (PLC), which performs in concrete at levels comparable to Type I portland cement, but exhibits a greenhouse gas emissions profile up to 10 percent below clinker-only powder. The site accesses a calculator where design and construction professionals can input building size or…

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LafargeHolcim rebrands blended cements, calls for A/E/C carbon action

Sources: LafargeHolcim, Chicago; CP staff Responding to demand for construction materials performance and sustainability, market leader LafargeHolcim has rebranded its U.S. blended cement and supplementary cementitious materials portfolio as Envirocore Series—led by OneCem Portland Limestone, MaxCem Blended and NewCem Slag Cements. Concurrently, it calls on architectural, engineering and construction (A/E/C) interests, along with their concrete suppliers, to adopt more sustainable…

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