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Hazard mitigation study paints outsized ROI for I-Codes compliance

Sources: National Institute of Building Sciences, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

A new National Institute of Building Sciences report highlights the significant savings realized from implementing mitigation strategies in terms of safety, property loss prevention, and day-to-day life disruption. The project team behind the Interim Report on the Value of Mitigation weighs the benefits of designing homes and buildings to meet the 2018 International Residential and International Building Codes versus the prior generation of codes reflecting 1990s-era practice and National Flood Insurance Program requirements. 

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Fly ash processing method makes bayou debut

Sources: Charah Solutions Inc.; CP staff

Concurrent with deploying slag cement finishing technology gained in its mid-2018 acquisition of SCB International, Charah Solutions has installed companion beneficiation equipment at its Sulphur, La., terminal to improve the overall quality of ASTM C618-grade material output. Dubbed MP618 Multi-Process, the SCB-modeled method reduces loss on ignition, ammonia, activated carbon and moisture in fly ash.

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Charah inaugurates slag, pozzolan finishing technology at N.Y. terminal

Sources: Charah Solutions Inc., Louisville, Ky.; CP staff

Fly ash processor Charah Solutions’ first facility with patented granulated blast furnace slag (GBFS) grinding technology is located 100 miles up the Hudson River from New York City at the Port of Coeymans. With barge, rail and truck access, it will finish MultiCem-branded slag cement to be distributed through the company’s MultiSource materials network. 

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Boral Resources adds Mexico stations to fly ash supply chain

Sources: Boral Resources, Atlanta; CP staff

Boral Resources has acquired marketing rights for fly ash produced at two large coal-fueled power plants in Mexico, their combined annual output equating to a potential 1 million-plus tons of Class F fly ash for distribution throughout the western United States. The plants are Carbon II in Nava, Coahuila, located approximately 25 miles from the Texas border and accessible by truck or rail; and, Petacalco in Petacalco, Guerrero, located on Mexico's Pacific Coast and accessible by rail or barge. 

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Sika bulks up mortar volume in $2.5 billion deal for Parex

Sources: Sika AG, Baar, Switzerland; CP staff

The Swiss parent of New Jersey-based admixture and construction products supplier Sika Corp. projects a second or third quarter closing on Parex, a key player in facade, technical and waterproofing mortars, plus tile adhesives. Sika AG will acquire the business, which reported 2018 sales of $1.1 billion, from a fund of CVC, a global private equity and investment advisory firm.  

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