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Construction starts expected to stay flat in 2012, says outlook report

Source: McGraw-Hill construction, New York City

Although housing and commercial building construction starts may improve in 2012, they will be offset by weakness in the public works and institutional building sectors, says the Dodge Construction Outlook from McGraw-Hill Construction, part of The McGraw-Hill Companies. Released last week, the report predicts that overall U.S. construction starts for next year will remain essentially flat. The level of construction starts in 2012 is expected to hit $412 billion, following the 4 percent decline to $410 billion predicted for 2011.

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Bipartisan Senate bill incorporates energy efficiency into home value, mortgage qualification

Sources: Alliance to Save Energy, Washington, D.C.

The bipartisan “Sensible Accounting to Value Energy” (SAVE) Act, co-sponsored by Sens. Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA), would include energy costs along with mortgage payments, property taxes, insurance and, where applicable, condo and homeowner association fees in the cost of homeownership.

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Preferred Materials brands premium pervious DrainReady

Sources: Preferred Materials, Bonita Springs, Fla.; CP staff

In a state where pervious concrete pavement is established practice, Preferred Materials differentiates its mix offerings with DrainReady. Promoted as a durable and extremely permeable concrete for parking lots, drives, walkways, and other areas where water must quickly pass, it joins ColorReady and (self consolidating) PlaceReady in a series of value-added, branded mixes unveiled over the past year.

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U.S. Concrete subsidiary teams with UCLA, ASU on alternative SCM

Source: U.S. Concrete, Inc., Houston

USC Technologies, Inc. of San Jose, Calif., a research and development offshoot of U.S. Concrete, has joined efforts with researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Arizona State University (ASU) to develop alternative supplemental cementitious materials. Under the course of this collaborative research effort, the research teams will focus on identifying and developing alternative supplemental materials that can be used to replace cement in concrete.

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Taylor Concrete finds Hilton project hospitable to slag-rich, high-strength CMU

Sources: Taylor Concrete Products, Watertown, N.Y.; CP staff

A recently opened, four-level Hilton Garden Inn underscores the cost-saving potential and reduced carbon dioxide footprint of FM2000 block, whose engineering properties spell less cement, grout and rebar in a finished wall assembly when measured against conventional concrete masonry units.

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