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NRMCA launches Sustainable Concrete Plant Certification

Source: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.  

A new certification program is geared to help NRMCA producer members demonstrate excellence in sustainable development. Its quantitative, performance-based metrics provide specific guidance for assessing production practices and implementing strategies that will ultimately lower plants’ overall footprint.

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Masonry structure withstands all but most severe seismic event simulation

Sources: National Concrete Masonry Association, Herndon, Va.; University of California, San Diego, Jacobs School of Engineering

A three-story concrete masonry building recently tested on the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) shake table—an apparatus widely acknowledged for research on specimens’ response to seismic loads—exhibited damage only at very high simulated earthquake magnitudes. The structure was designed and constructed to current building code requirements, and subjected to increasing levels of simulated seismic activity, above both design-level earthquakes and maximum considered events.

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ASTM Sustainability Committee schedules C01, C9 workshop, exchange

Source: ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pa.

“Workshop on Implications of ASTM E60 Standards on Sustainability for Cement and Concrete” is scheduled June 14 at the Marriott Anaheim (Calif.), amid Committee C01 on Cement and Committee C9 on Concrete meetings. Organizers note that ASTM Committee E60 on Sustainability has adopted standards that could have implications for cement and cement-based building materials, including E 1991 Standard Guide for Environmental Life Cycle Assessment of Building Products, and E 2129 Standard Practice for Data Collection for Sustainability Assessment of Building Products.

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Batch plant specialist BHS opens Carolina office for North American operations

Source: BHS Filtration Inc., Charlotte, N.C.

Well-established German batch plant and mixer manufacturer BHS-Sonthofen will serve U.S. and Canadian customers and prospects from a new Charlotte office, co-located with the domestic base of parent BHS Filtration. Mixing Division Manager Stu Bentley ([email protected]; 704/814-7670) will oversee sales and service of a full line of turnkey batch plants; twin or single shaft mixer models; special concrete plant components; and, custom mixing equipment for continuous feed and discharge processes. BHS-Sonthofen cites thousands of concrete plant mixer installations worldwide, and mixing technology development dating to 1888.

San Benito Supply, online bids drive CIM auction gross past $500K

Source: Concrete Industry Management (CIM) Program National Steering Committee (NSC); CP staff

The sixth annual CIM auction, staged at the Las Vegas Convention Center during World of Concrete, raised in excess of $500,000, besting the 2010 auction total by more than 25 percent. Auction attendance and online bidding volume for the January 20 event were greater than ever before, notes NSC Marketing Committee Chairman Brian Gallagher (Structural Group), adding, “The expanded participation this year from Internet bidders was a key as we sold $97,000 worth of items online.”

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