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Report chips away at wood industry’s low carbon building narrative

Sources: International Institute for Sustainable Development, Winnipeg, Manitoba; CP staff

A Cement Association of Canada-funded report exposes the limitations of life cycle assessment (LCA) studies whose results have thus far painted a more favorable greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions profile of wood versus concrete or steel buildings. As the main tools to measure building products’ carbon footprints at the production, use and end of life phases, LCA studies as presently executed can exaggerate the importance of embodied GHG impacts when they discount or ignore other significant life-cycle emissions, according to “Emission Omissions: Carbon accounting gaps in the built environment.” 

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Environmental StoneWorks shifts to Cornerstone umbrella

Sources: NCI Building Systems, Inc., Cary, N.C.; CP staff

Two months after joining the Ply Gem Building Products business by way of a nine-figure deal, Denver-based precast concrete veneer producer Environmental StoneWorks will be among Cornerstone Building Brands. The latter spans the exterior products businesses of NCI Building Systems and Ply Gem, which merged in 2018, and is set to trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “CNR” pending shareholder approval next month.

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Texas producers ride population wave with a nod to valued team members

Sources: Texas Aggregates and Concrete Association, Austin; CP staff

The Texas Aggregates & Concrete Association has launched a campaign to build awareness of the aggregates, concrete, cement and associated industries, while spotlighting employees who make production and delivery possible. #WeRTexas factors population growth of approximately 1,400 people per day and these material figures 10 years out, as measured against present annual shipment levels: 15 million to 50 million more tons of aggregate; 3 million to 10 million more yards of ready mixed; and, 1 million to 3 million more tons of cement. 

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Martin Marietta-minted Lloyd joins Insteel board

Sources: Insteel Industries Inc., Mt. Airy, N.C.; CP staff

Former Martin Marietta Materials Chief Financial Officer Anne Lloyd, who retired from the aggregates and ready mixed concrete giant in 2017, has joined the board of welded wire reinforcement and prestressing strand specialist Insteel Industries.

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Maturity sensor specialist integrates artificial intelligence in concrete QC

Sources: Giatec Scientific Inc., Ottawa; CP staff

The proprietor of the wireless, slab-embedded SmartRock sensor is extending its temperature and maturity monitoring capabilities with Roxi, a platform applying artificial intelligence methods to concrete quality control. Giatec Scientific developed the platform in conjunction with Mila, a McGill University- and University of Montreal-hosted lab, and announced the effort at the 2019 bauma trade fair in Munich.

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